from Asia and the pacific
The Mongolian parliament overwhelmingly approves a bill that aims to scrap the death penalty.
Pakistan urged to reform 'dangerous' blasphemy laws, one year after the assassination of a politician who criticized them.
China must release activist Chen Wei, who has been sentenced to nine years prison for criticizing the Communist Party.
Chen Wei is set to stand trial on 23 December on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” over essays he wrote that were critical of the Communist Party.
Kim Jong-il has left millions of North Koreans mired in poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people detained in brutal prison camps.
Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.
Pakistan's Senate unanimously passes two landmark women's rights bills, including one on acid attacks.
Nepalese migrant workers are being trafficked by rogue recruitment agencies for forced labour in the Gulf States and Malaysia.
One year after Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, he and other Chinese activists still languish in jail.
A hardline group of Asian countries are defying the global trend against the death penalty and putting to death thousands of people after unfair trials.
US Secretary of State's landmark visit to Myanmar can only be seen a success if authorities make bold human rights reforms.
Four Cambodian women face politically motivated charges over protests linked to forced evictions at Boueng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh.
If enacted, the Peaceful Assembly Bill would effectively prohibit street protests and fine demonstrators who fail to comply.
A new report provides first-hand stories of women resisting forced eviction from their homes and land
Amphon Tangnoppaku, 61, was sentenced for sending four text messages deemed offensive to the Queen of Thailand
Eight Indonesian police officers involved in a violent crackdown in Papua that left three dead have only been given written warnings
Thirteen people have been detained in Malaysia this week under a controversial security law often used to imprison critics of the government.
Valsa John, who worked with Indigenous communities affected by coal mining, was beaten to death in her home.