from Asia and the pacific
Okunishi Masaru, who has spent more than 40 years facing execution and is one of the oldest death row prisoners in the world, has had his seventh request for a retrial turned down.
Sri Lanka’s reported decision to ban all protests around a key Commonwealth summit would be a blatant attempt to sweep human rights abuses under the carpet.
The UN Security Council must ensure that the protection of civilians and the promotion of human rights lie at the heart of Afghan and international efforts in Afghanistan.
Chinese authorities must end excessive use of force against peaceful Tibetan protesters, Amnesty International said after police fired on and injured dozens of demonstrators.
Viet Nam must immediately release a prominent lawyer and human rights activist who was jailed on politically motivated charges today.
The death sentence imposed against a Bangladeshi MP convicted of crimes against humanity is not the way to bring justice to the many victims of the country’s war of independence.
Sri Lanka’s disturbing human rights record means it should be barred from hosting a key Commonwealth summit in November or chairing the organization.
The acquittal and imminent release of two men wrongly convicted for the killing of a trade union leader is a major step towards justice in Cambodia.
Bangladesh should immediately commute the death sentence of Abdul Quader Mollah, Amnesty International said after the Supreme Court increased his sentence from life imprisonment to death following an appeal by the government.
The killing of one of Afghanistan’s most senior woman police officers is the latest setback for women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Far-reaching procedural and institutional reform, and not the death penalty, is needed to tackle the endemic problem of violence against women in India.
Chinese authorities must stop imminent plans to forcibly evict the last remaining residents of the village of Ba Gou just outside of Beijing.
The conviction of eight Kopassus (Special Forces Command) soldiers today is a step towards ending impunity In Indonesia, but also highlights how military courts are not fit to try its own soldiers for human rights violations, Amnesty International said.
Fiji’s proposed new constitution falls far short of international standards of human rights law and is another step backwards in guaranteeing human rights protection for all.
Cambodian human rights defender Yorm Bopha, imprisoned on spurious grounds last year, must be released immediately, Amnesty International said ahead of the one-year anniversary of her arrest.
Sri Lankan leaders must address the persistent climate of fear in the country, Amnesty International said as the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay concluded her visit to the island.
A flogging sentence against a 15-year-old rape victim in Maldives has been annulled, but the girl should never have been prosecuted at all.
The arrest of a prominent Bangladeshi human rights defender over the weekend is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression.
Cambodian authorities and other political leaders must prevent violence as mass demonstrations are likely to rise following recent disputed elections.
The Pakistani authorities must hold Pervez Musharraf accountable for all human rights violations committed during his rule.