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.
Burmese opposition leader and former prisoner of conscience Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is currently visiting Europe.
Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.
Fears have risen for blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng who made a bold escape from illegal house arrest.
Pakistan is urged to end secret detention and reveal the fate of hundreds of disappeared people believed abducted and held by security agencies.
In North Korea, hundreds of thousands of people exist in prison camps out of sight of the rest of the world, where human rights protections are ignored.
The proposed new law allows for violations of human rights such as freedom from arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment.
Prominent Chinese housing activist Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin were jailed today on spurious charges.
US forces are set to transfer detainees from Bagram prison to the Afghan government, prompting fears that they may be at risk of torture.
Police beat and sexually harassed four women detained during an anti-government rally, according to testimony gathered by Amnesty International.
A new Amnesty International report documents how arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances have become routine in Sri Lanka.
At least six people injured, some seriously, as combined forces of police and military attack around 300 demonstrators in the capital.
Border-crossers who are sent back are at grave risk of torture, forced labour, imprisonment in political prison camps and execution.
Some 21 North Koreans in China face expulsion to North Korea after being caught illegally in the country.
A UN-backed tribunal has given former Khmer Rouge jailer "Duch" a life sentence for the killings of more than 12,272 people.
A South Korean activist faces up to seven years in prison after re-tweeting messages from North Korea's official Twitter account.
The prisoner amnesty is the second this year and the fourth under Myanmar’s post-elections government.
China must release activist Chen Wei, who has been sentenced to nine years prison for criticizing the Communist Party.