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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

30 March 2009
One of Cambodia's most notorious suspected killers still alive finally faces trial for crimes committed while he was a Khmer Rouge commander 30 years ago.
27 March 2009
Four detained border guards have died in Bangladesh in the past two weeks.
27 March 2009
Calls for a humanitarian truce between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces grow as fighting intensifies and the number of cas
25 March 2009
The suspensions appear to be part of an ongoing government led crackdown on an array of perceived opponents, just days before Najib Tun Razak is appointed Prime Minis
25 March 2009
A South Korean television journalist and trade unionist has been held by police after he was arrested on the eve of a strike over wage disputes and government interf
23 March 2009
More people were executed in Asia than in any other part of the world in 2008. By contrast, in Europe, only one country continues to use the death penalty: Belarus.
20 March 2009
At least six inmates have died this year, amid increasing reports of torture by police officers or bullying by fellow prisoners.
17 March 2009
Amnesty International has written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights following a meeting between a delegation from the organization and the Nepalese Presid
17 March 2009
Eight people have been charged with criticizing Malaysia's Sultan of Perak on the internet, as the authorities stepped up a crackdown on the country's bloggers.
16 March 2009
Amnesty International has welcomed the announcement by President Asif Zardari of Pakistan that Iftikhar Chaudhry will be reinstated as a Supreme Court judge.
13 March 2009
Journalists and media workers now vulnerable to violence and intimidation by both the government and anti-government forces.
10 March 2009
A US federal judge has ordered the US government to provide updated information on the detainees held in Bagram airbase in Afghanistan by 11 March.
10 March 2009
The Chinese authorities' failure to address the long-standing grievances of the Tibetan people, has fuelled protests that have continued over the past 12 months.
05 March 2009

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the detention of Sri Lankan journalist and human rights activist, Jayaprakash Sittampalam Tissainayagam.

05 March 2009
The International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, discusses the ICC's work in the wake of the court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan's Pr
02 March 2009
The law, which covers acts of sedition, secession, subversion and treason against the Central People's Government of China, is open to potential misuse.
25 February 2009
Pakistan's new civilian government has failed to provide information about hundreds of cases of people believed to be held secretly by the government.
24 February 2009
Twenty-four political prisoners have been set free in Myanmar after the government announced that it would release 6,313 prisoners. 
18 February 2009
Tens of thousands of Afghans displaced from their homes by escalating fighting and ongoing food shortages require immediate humanitarian assistance.
16 February 2009
The South Korean government is deciding whether to resume its use of the death penalty, following the arrest of a man for the alleged murder of seven women.
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