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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

17 October 2013

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.

10 October 2013

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.

09 October 2013

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.

09 October 2013

Chinese authorities must end excessive use of force against peaceful Tibetan protesters, Amnesty International said after police fired on and injured dozens of demonstrators.

02 October 2013

Viet Nam must immediately release a prominent lawyer and human rights activist who was jailed on politically motivated charges today.

01 October 2013

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.

27 September 2013

Sri Lanka’s disturbing human rights record means it should be barred from hosting a key Commonwealth summit in November or chairing the organization.

25 September 2013

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.

17 September 2013

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.

16 September 2013

The killing of one of Afghanistan’s most senior woman police officers is the latest setback for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

13 September 2013

Far-reaching procedural and institutional reform, and not the death penalty, is needed to tackle the endemic problem of violence against women in India.

11 September 2013

Chinese authorities must stop imminent plans to forcibly evict the last remaining residents of the village of Ba Gou just outside of Beijing.

05 September 2013

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.

04 September 2013

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.

03 September 2013

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.

31 August 2013

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.

21 August 2013

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.

12 August 2013

The arrest of a prominent Bangladeshi human rights defender over the weekend is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression.

09 August 2013

Cambodian authorities and other political leaders must prevent violence as mass demonstrations are likely to rise following recent disputed elections. 

06 August 2013

The Pakistani authorities must hold Pervez Musharraf accountable for all human rights violations committed during his rule. 

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