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Chinese lawyers are being detained and pressured to stop defending those rounded up in connection with 'Jasmine' protests.
A young Malaysian man faces imminent hanging after his final appeal failed in Singapore
Faizan Rafiq Hakeem was detained for over a month under the controversial Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA).
Viet Nam must release a high-profile activist sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for calling for an end to one-party rule
Detention of China's most famous artist and political critic is a troubling development in a widening crackdown on dissent.
Liu Xianbin convicted of 'inciting subversion' for writing articles critical of the government, in a trial lasting only a few hours.
Veteran democracy activist Liu Xianbin is being tried for 'subversion' tomorrow, only a few years after finishing his previous prison term.
More than 100 detained or intimidated since February by security forces, following online calls for a Chinese 'Jasmine Revolution'.
Authorities urged to halt the judicial caning of refugees and migrants after it was revealed that 30,000 had been caned in five years.
Amnesty International research shows how some of those detained are being held secretly where they are vulnerable to a range of abuses, including torture or being killed in custody.
An ethnic Uighur website manager who was sentenced to seven years in jail in China after a secret trial is the latest in a series of Uighur writers imprisoned for peaceful expression of cultural or political views.
The executions come four weeks after President Ma Ying-jeou formally apologised for the execution of an innocent man in 1997.
Journalists covering potential protests inspired by events in the Middle East and North Africa have been beaten or detained by security officers.
Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian member of the cabinet and one of few politicians calling for changes to controversial blasphemy laws, died after gunmen attacked his car.
Authorities say that the human rights activist was caught 'red-handed keeping and distributing documents' calling for the overthrow of the government.
About 2,000 Indian farmers in Orissa state could lose their livelihoods in the next month if a proposed US$12 billion steel plant operation involving South Korean steel giant POSCO goes ahead, Amnesty International warns.
The members of the Socialist Workers League, a small association that espouses socialism, were found guilty of "propagating or instigating a rebellion against the State."
Government urged to protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of their religion, in the face of calls from radical groups to outlaw a religious minority community.
In recent months, at least 90 Baloch activists, teachers, journalists and lawyers have disappeared or been murdered by government forces according to Amnesty International research.