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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

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.

02 November 2012

The Chinese authorities are intensifying a crackdown against dissidents ahead of the imminent transition of power in the country, Amnesty International warned on Friday.

01 November 2012

The UN's Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka has highlighted Colombo’s continued denial of the human rights crisis in the country.

29 October 2012

Two Vietnamese songwriters face up to 20 years in jail for writing songs criticizing their government. 

25 October 2012

The Indonesian authorities must halt the excessive use of force at peaceful demonstrations after four pro-independence protesters were shot in Papua province.

19 October 2012

Urgent steps are needed if Afghanistan is to avoid a repeat of the deaths among children and adults in the country’s displacement camps that occurred during last year’s bitterly cold winter.

11 October 2012

Violent forced evictions in China are on the rise as local authorities seek to offset huge debts by seizing and then selling off land in suspect deals with property developers.

04 October 2012

A new ‘cybercrime’ law in the Philippines poses serious risks to freedom of expression and must be reviewed, Amnesty International said.

03 October 2012

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.

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