Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

09 February 2011

The Thai authorities should drop all charges against human rights defender and web forum moderator Chiranuch Premchaiporn, whose trial continues this week.

07 February 2011

Amnesty International urges the Indonesian government to investigate the killings of three members of a religious minority group by a mob on the island of Java this weekend.

28 January 2011

Amnesty International calls on UK government to raise concerns about the killings with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina who visits the UK this week.

26 January 2011

Vi Duc Hoi is sentenced to eight years for "spreading anti-government propaganda" after he posted articles on the internet calling for democracy.

24 January 2011

Two South Korean human rights defenders have been convicted for peaceful protest in support of families whose loved ones died while demonstrating against forced evictions.

24 January 2011

Amnesty International has criticised the trial and sentences handed to Indonesian soldiers who were filmed abusing Papuan prisoners.

20 January 2011

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.

25 December 2010

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.

22 December 2010

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.

20 December 2010

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.

15 December 2010

Prominent Inner Mongolian rights activist Hada, his wife and son have disappeared into detention in an unknown location.

14 December 2010

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.

10 December 2010

A profile of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner by China specialist Jean-Philippe Béja.

10 December 2010

After attending the ceremony Amnesty International has welcomed the awarding of this year's prize to jailed Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

09 December 2010

Footage aired by a UK news programme allegedly shows evidence of war crimes by Sri Lankan soldiers in the closing days of the war.

08 December 2010

Hundreds of activists have been being detained, interrogated, or arrested in advance of the event honouring jailed Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

07 December 2010

China has been 'arm-twisting' governments to stop them attending the award ceremony for imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Amnesty International says.

02 December 2010

An ailing Chinese AIDS activist is at risk of being detained indefinitely on trumped up charges due to a legal loophole.

01 December 2010

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.

30 November 2010

Security forces use excessive force against demonstrators taking part in a national day-long strike.

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