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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

28 April 2009
The year-long trial of Indian human rights activist Dr Binayak Sen suffered another delay on Monday, further prolonging the doctor's unjust stay in jail.
24 April 2009
The United Nations (UN) now estimates that more than 6,500 civilians have died and 13000 injured in the fighting in the north eastern region of Sri Lanka.
23 April 2009
Condoleezza Rice approved the use of “water-boarding” in 2002 according to information released on Wednesday by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelli
23 April 2009
People living in Buner, just 60 miles from the Pakistan capital Islamabad, have revealed how abusive and repressive Taleban groups have seized the area, imposing thei
21 April 2009
More than 4,500 civilians are believed to have died in the fighting according to UN estimates in north eastern region in Sri Lanka.
21 April 2009
The wife of imprisoned Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng was attacked and beaten early Sunday morning, as she tried to leave her home to visit grieving relative
20 April 2009
The population lives in fear after draconian measures implemented by the regime. Elections have been deferred for five years and martial law has been declared.
17 April 2009
Around 100,000 desperate civilians still trapped in the conflict zone, require urgent humanitarian aid as reports emerge that food and medical supplies are running lo
14 April 2009
The Chinese authorities have released a National Human Rights Action Plan that, in some areas, includes concrete targets for 2010.
10 April 2009
A year into its rule, the Maoist government has failed to live up to its commitments to improving women's human rights, including protecting women human rights defende
09 April 2009
Taiwan’s legislature has ratified two of the most important international conventions for the development of human rights.
09 April 2009
Twenty-five years after the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in India, the country's government has failed to bring to justice those responsible.
07 April 2009
The government of Bangladesh has sought and received UN assistance in its efforts to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and other serious violations o
02 April 2009
A Chinese environmental activist and writer is currently detained on suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power".
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.
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