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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

17 December 2014

The Pakistani government must resist giving in to fear and anger in the wake of the Peshawar school tragedy and maintain its moratorium on executions.

16 December 2014

Authorities in India must build on the central government’s decision to decriminalize suicide by dropping all charges of attempted suicide against prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila.

16 December 2014

A Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area.

15 December 2014

The South Korean authorities must immediately stop the planned shipment of massive amounts of tear gas to Turkey, where the security forces have frequently abused riot control equipment amid repression of peaceful protests.

12 December 2014

The recent wave of attacks on civilians by the Taliban and other armed groups in Afghanistan are reprehensible acts which underscore the new Afghan government’s urgent responsibility to protect the right to life.

10 December 2014

An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, Liao Minyue, tells their story.

09 December 2014

Thailand’s military authorities must halt the alarming deterioration in respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including ending the unprecedented use of the lèse-majesté law.

08 December 2014

An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, Liao Minyue, tells their story.

 

05 December 2014

The Indonesian government’s apparent plans to execute five people by the end of the year must be halted immediately, Amnesty International said today. 

 

04 December 2014

A pervasive culture of impunity for torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force has seen allegations of torture rise year on year in the Philippines, but there has never been a single conviction for torture. Here're some of the facts.

04 December 2014

A pervasive culture of impunity is allowing torture by police to go unchecked in the Philippines, Amnesty International’s latest report revealed today as it launched a major new campaign to stop torture in the country. 

04 December 2014

Jerryme’s story is another example of how police in the Philippines torture people without ever being held responsible. By putting them in the spotlight, we can help stop this.

04 December 2014

The Philippine Senate’s decision to open an inquiry today into widespread police torture in the country is a promising development in the battle against impunity, Amnesty International said. 

03 December 2014

Thirty years on, the failure to clean up chemicals abandoned during the Bhopal gas leak has become a toxic issue. 

 

03 December 2014

Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the Afghan government to prevent a further deterioration in the country’s human rights situation and support services crucial to rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. 

02 December 2014

Amnesty International's Secretary General Salil Shetty, currently visiting India, reflects on the impact of the Bhopal disaster, 30 years on. 

01 December 2014

New poll results published today show clear public support, in both India and the USA, for US corporation Union Carbide to face an Indian court over the Bhopal gas leak disaster which left more than 20,000 people dead and poisoned more than half a million in 1984. 

30 November 2014

Photographer Raghu Rai was one of the first on the scene capturing the aftermath of the gas leak from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, 1984. Thirty years later, he went back. Here's the story. 

28 November 2014

Hong Kong’s police chief must urgently stamp out any arbitrary and excessive use of force by police officers, with thousands of pro-democracy protesters expected to take to the streets again over the weekend. 

26 November 2014

The prison sentence for blasphemy handed down today by a court in Pakistan against four people including the owner of a major private TV channel and one of its star actresses will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and the media.

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