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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

09 April 2010

The government has begun a blanket suspension of the assessment of new claims by Afghan and Sri Lankan nationals.

08 April 2010

Nida Khyani, a female Provincial Council member, was left in critical condition after being attacked in a drive-by shooting in Pul-e-Khumri.

07 April 2010

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.

29 March 2010

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.

23 March 2010

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.

23 March 2010

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.

18 March 2010

President Ma Ying-jeou urged to ensure that the country's de facto moratorium on executions remains in place.

17 March 2010

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.

16 March 2010

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.

12 March 2010

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.

11 March 2010

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.

10 March 2010

A new law bars all political prisoners, including detained Nobel Peace-prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, from belonging to a political party.

08 March 2010

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.

08 March 2010

The President of Timor-Leste has told Amnesty International he would support the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for crimes committed during the 1975-1999 conflict with Indonesia, should the UN Security Council set it up.

25 February 2010

Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.

25 February 2010

In a five to four ruling, the Court stated that capital punishment did not violate "human dignity and worth" protected in the Constitution.

18 February 2010
Three Muslim women were caned at a prison near Kuala Lumpur after the Shariah court system had  convicted them of having extramarital sex.
12 February 2010
Travis Bishop, a US army sergeant who refused to serve in Afghanistan because of his religious beliefs as a Christian, has had his year-long sentenced shortened by three months.
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