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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

05 January 2012

The Mongolian parliament overwhelmingly approves a bill that aims to scrap the death penalty.

04 January 2012

Pakistan urged to reform 'dangerous' blasphemy laws, one year after the assassination of a politician who criticized them.

24 December 2011

China must release activist Chen Wei, who has been sentenced to nine years prison for criticizing the Communist Party.

22 December 2011

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.

19 December 2011

Kim Jong-il has left millions of North Koreans mired in poverty,  and hundreds of thousands of people detained in brutal prison camps.

14 December 2011

Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.

13 December 2011

Pakistan's Senate unanimously passes two landmark women's rights bills, including one on acid attacks.

12 December 2011

Nepalese migrant workers are being trafficked by rogue recruitment agencies for forced labour in the Gulf States and Malaysia.

09 December 2011

One year after Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, he and other Chinese activists still languish in jail.

06 December 2011

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.

02 December 2011
30 November 2011

US Secretary of State's landmark visit to Myanmar can only be seen a success if authorities make bold human rights reforms.

29 November 2011

Four Cambodian women face politically motivated charges over protests linked to forced evictions at Boueng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh.

28 November 2011

If enacted, the Peaceful Assembly Bill would effectively prohibit street protests and fine demonstrators who fail to comply.

24 November 2011
24 November 2011

A new report provides first-hand stories of women resisting forced eviction from their homes and land

23 November 2011

Amphon Tangnoppaku, 61, was sentenced for sending four text messages deemed offensive to the Queen of Thailand

23 November 2011

Eight Indonesian police officers involved in a violent crackdown in Papua that left three dead have only been given written warnings

18 November 2011

Thirteen people have been detained in Malaysia this week under a controversial security law often used to imprison critics of the government.

17 November 2011

Valsa John, who worked with Indigenous communities affected by coal mining, was beaten to death in her home.

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