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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

04 January 2013

A former Nepali miliary colonel has been arrested in the UK on allegations of torture, in a welcome example of universal jurisication being used to further accountability.

02 January 2013

Nurmemet Yasin was imprisoned on the basis of his story 'Wild Pigeon' about a trapped bird who commits suicide rather than live in captivity.

27 December 2012

The fabricated charges used to convict two housing rights activists confirms the dire state of Cambodia’s justice system and rule of law in the country.

21 December 2012

Three bloggers given hefty sentences should be released ahead of their 28 December appeal hearing.

21 December 2012

Taiwan’s execution of six people on Friday makes a mockery of the authorities’ stated commitment to abolish the death penalty.

21 December 2012

Thailand must stop flouting its human rights obligations while tackling insurgent violence in the south of the country.

18 December 2012

These countries have potentially left their doors open to those suspected of crimes under international law.

17 December 2012

A freshly passed law has struck down some longstanding barriers to women's sexual and reproductive health rights.

12 December 2012

Millions are locked in perpetual lawlessness in Pakistan’s northwestern Tribal Areas, where human rights abuses committed by the Armed Forces and the Taliban are beyond the reach of justice.

07 December 2012

Taiwan must not succumb to public pressure and revert to using the death penalty, Amnesty International said as it urged an immediate moratorium on capital punishment.

03 December 2012

Tens of thousands of victims of India’s worst ever industrial disaster are still waiting for justice, and women are suffering disproportionately.

30 November 2012

Chen Kegui was detained in April this year, after fleeing for his safety following a violent raid by local authorities on his family’s home.

29 November 2012

At least 75 Tibetans – including many Buddhist monks and nuns – have set themselves on fire this year.

28 November 2012

South Korea has seen a dramatic increase in the abuse of national security laws in a politically motivated attempt to silence debate, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

23 November 2012

At least six prospective state witnesses and family members of witnesses have been killed as the Maguindanao massacre trials stagnate.

23 November 2012

A toxic mix of uncertainty, unlawful detention and inhumane conditions are creating an increasingly volatile situation at Australia’s offshore asylum detention camp on Nauru.

21 November 2012

The execution of Ajmal Kasab for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks undoes much of the progress India has made over the death penalty.

15 November 2012

Pakistan’s first execution in four years is a blow to the country’s progress away from using the death penalty.

06 November 2012

 A prominent women’s rights activist in China, Mao Hengfeng, has been sentenced to one and a half years in a labour camp

05 November 2012

Three men have been in prison since they were arrested in 1999 for trying to peacefully display posters calling for economic, political and social change.

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