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Amnesty International has criticised the trial and sentences handed to Indonesian soldiers who were filmed abusing Papuan prisoners.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is visiting the US, is commander in chief of Sri Lanka's armed forces, which face allegations of war crimes, enforced disappearances, and torture.
The life sentence handed down against Dr Binayak Sen by a court in the India state of Chhattisgarh violates international fair trial standards and is likely to enflame tensions in the conflict-affected area, Amnesty International has said.
Amnesty International is calling on the Bangladeshi government to immediately investigate allegations that a MP for the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has been tortured while in police custody.
Amnesty International renews its call on the Chinese authorities to release an ethnic Uighur prisoner of conscience jailed on separatism charges after his family reported that he is being tortured in a Xinjiang prison.
Prominent Inner Mongolian rights activist Hada, his wife and son have disappeared into detention in an unknown location.
Australia's new policy to transfer prisoners it holds in Afghanistan to Afghan and United States forces could put detainees at risk of torture and ill-treatment.
A profile of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner by China specialist Jean-Philippe Béja.
After attending the ceremony Amnesty International has welcomed the awarding of this year's prize to jailed Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.
Footage aired by a UK news programme allegedly shows evidence of war crimes by Sri Lankan soldiers in the closing days of the war.
Hundreds of activists have been being detained, interrogated, or arrested in advance of the event honouring jailed Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.
China has been 'arm-twisting' governments to stop them attending the award ceremony for imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Amnesty International says.
An ailing Chinese AIDS activist is at risk of being detained indefinitely on trumped up charges due to a legal loophole.
Bai Dongping is held on the charge of "incitement to subvert state power" after he posted a photograph of the 1989 pro-democracy protests on the web.
Security forces use excessive force against demonstrators taking part in a national day-long strike.
Amnesty International calls on the Philippine authorities to ensure timely justice for the Maguindanao massacre, and to abolish the private armies that continue to operate one year after the killings.
Amnesty International today called on the Saudi Arabian authorities to protect domestic workers from abuse, following the reported discovery of the mutilated body of an Indonesian woman in a skip.
Leaders urged to improve accountability for Afghan and international military forces and tackle arbitrary detention and torture.
Mushtag Ahmad Sheikh has been detained since his arrest in April for allegedly taking part in anti-government protests.
Online activist Cheng Jianping was sentenced after having retweeted a satirical suggestion that the Japanese Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo be attacked.