from Asia and the pacific
Sri Lankan leaders must address the persistent climate of fear in the country, Amnesty International said as the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay concluded her visit to the island.
A flogging sentence against a 15-year-old rape victim in Maldives has been annulled, but the girl should never have been prosecuted at all.
The arrest of a prominent Bangladeshi human rights defender over the weekend is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression.
Cambodian authorities and other political leaders must prevent violence as mass demonstrations are likely to rise following recent disputed elections.
The Pakistani authorities must hold Pervez Musharraf accountable for all human rights violations committed during his rule.
The first execution in Viet Nam in more than 18 months is outrageous and puts hundreds of death row prisoners at risk.
The Sri Lankan authorities must not allow the army to investigate itself over allegations of excessive use of force after three men demonstrating over access to drinking water were killed over the weekend.
A ruling by Thailand’s Supreme Court shows how the authorities have failed to provide justice for 85 people that died at the hands of the security forces in Tak Bai.
The Malaysian authorities must take immediate steps to end the alarming rate of reported deaths in custody, some as a result of torture or other ill-treatment.
US chemical giant The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) must acknowledge its responsibility towards survivors of the devastating Bhopal industrial disaster.
The Indian authorities must ensure an urgent, full and independent investigation into the killing of four demonstrators and the alleged use of live ammunition against protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.
Amnesty International has called into question President Thein Sein’s recent commitment to clear Myanmar’s jails of prisoners of conscience by the end of the year.
Thevan spent many months in detention in Sri Lanka, where security forces tortured him into "confessing" to being part of the Tamil Tigers.
Amnesty International has launched a new Chinese-language website containing research reports, articles and blog entries on the organization’s research and activism around the world.
A North Korean government ministry’s latest threat of harsh punishment against people leaving North Korea without permission renews concerns about freedom of movement in a country with a deplorable human rights record.
The trial of 12 Kopassus soldiers accused of the extrajudicial execution of four detainees is likely to be little more than a sham, Amnesty International said as the military hearing opens on Thursday.
Human rights, including women’s rights, must be integral to any peace deal with the Taliban said Amnesty International today as the USA announced that it was to start direct peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban armed group.
Afghanistan’s security forces must avoid and account for civilian casualties, Amnesty International said as the NATO International Security Assistance Force handed over responsibility for maintaining security in the country.
There are growing fears about the fate of photographer Du Bin, who has not been heard from since security police reportedly detained him at his home in Beijing late last month.