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The perpetrators of arson attacks on temples and Buddhist villages in the south of Bangladesh must be brought to justice and steps taken to ensure ethnic minorities are protected, Amnesty International said.
Fears of a new wave of executions in Japan increased after two death row inmates were hanged on Thursday, one the first woman to be executed in more than 15 years.
Three Vietnamese bloggers face up to 20 years in jail simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
The public flogging of a 16-year-old girl by a local mullah in Afghanistan is abhorrent and testifies to the precarious situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Parliament must not appoint a new national intelligence director before investigating claims of his involvement in torture and other abuses.
Maldivian security forces have continued to commit serious human rights violations since the transfer of presidential power in February.
The UK-registered mining company Vedanta has attempted to “gloss over” criticisms of its poor human rights record in India's Orissa state.
Pakistan's government must reform blasphemy laws and ensure the safety of Ramsha Masih, a Christian girl held for allegedly committing blasphemy, Amnesty International said.
Despite its involvement in Timor-Leste since June 1999, the UN has failed to meet its commitments to ensure justice for victims.
Mass arrests at a peaceful protest in Ha Noi are just the latest blow to freedom of expression in Viet Nam.
Six weeks after a state of emergency was declared in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, targeted attacks and other violations by security forces against minority Rohingyas and other Muslims have increased.
Justice for abuses suffered at the hands of US authorities remains a remote prospect for Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan
Some 80 prisoners have been released by the Burmese authorities on "humanitarian grounds".
Dozens of Uighurs who disappeared following mass arrests in the wake of a major protest in 2009 are still missing.
Pakistan’s flip-flop over a decision to commute Indian national Sarabjit Singh’s capital sentence to a life term is a cruel blow to him and his family.
The deaths of 15 civilians in a Taleban attack on a hotel outside Kabul underscores the need to bring to justice all those responsible for war crimes.
Burmese opposition leader and former prisoner of conscience Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is currently visiting Europe.
Just six countries are responsible for around three-quarters of the world's arms exports by value.
Asma Jahangir, Pakistan's pre-eminent human rights lawyer, fears for her life after learning of the security forces' alleged death plot against her.
Li Wangyang, who was released from prison last year, was found dead in his ward, prompting outrage in China's activist community.