from Asia and the pacific
A fresh spate of killings of anti-Taleban local leaders in the Swat Valley of Pakistan could signal an escalation in the Pakistani Taleban’s campaign of attacks on tribal leaders.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political party, Ang Ladlad, will be allowed to contest in May's national elections for the first time.
Authorities in southern China must not violate human rights in carrying out their reported plans to sterilize thousands of people in a drive to meet family planning targets.
Amnesty International has condemned as ‘absurd’ a legal hearing aiming to revoke the legal licences of two Chinese human rights lawyers who had defended Falun Gong practitioners.
The laws grant sweeping powers of detention, permit the use of secret prisons and encourage torture, enforced disappearances and other abuses.
Insurgent groups have been condemned for killing 65 people in the recent bombings of a displaced people's camp, a school and a bazaar.
If adopted, a vaguely worded draft decree will extend and deepen the already widespread censorship provided under the Public Emergency Regulations.
The government has begun a blanket suspension of the assessment of new claims by Afghan and Sri Lankan nationals.
Nida Khyani, a female Provincial Council member, was left in critical condition after being attacked in a drive-by shooting in Pul-e-Khumri.
Myanmar's human rights record should be at the top of the agenda for Southeast Asian states attending the organization's summit in Ha Noi.
The 140 arrests are part of an announced crackdown on migrants, many of whom come from Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal, who live and work in Malaysia without authorization.
The internet company said it is to stop censoring internet search results in China and direct all traffic from its servers there to Hong Kong.
Hours before the 'Crossfire' exhibition was due to open at a special ceremony in Dhaka, police moved in and demanded that the organizers cancel it.
President Ma Ying-jeou urged to ensure that the country's de facto moratorium on executions remains in place.
New measures introduced by the Commander of US forces and the NATO International Security Assistance Force are in response to resentment spurred by ongoing civilian casualties.
Father Nguyen Van Ly, who is serving an eight year jail term for spreading "propaganda" against the state in 2007, was released for a period of 12 months on humanitarian grounds to receive medical treatment.
Insurgent groups in Pakistan must stop targeting humanitarian agencies that are trying to provide assistance to the country's poor, said Amnesty International after six NGO workers were killed in the country’s northwest region.
The Sri Lankan government should end its harassment of journalists and activists and take steps against those making threats, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement.
A new law bars all political prisoners, including detained Nobel Peace-prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, from belonging to a political party.
Women human rights defenders in Afghanistan have told Amnesty International they face intimidation and attacks as they attempt to tackle violence and discrimination in the country.