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The new Bill, which will address many forms of torture routinely employed by Indian police and prison officials, is to be considered by the Select Committee of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.
Liu Xia, the wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is reported to have been detained by police and forced to leave Beijing to visit her husband in prison in Liao Ning province.
Amnesty International today called on the Chinese authorities to release all prisoners of conscience detained in the country after imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Raymond Manalo recalls the horror of his enforced disappearance and torture at the hands of Philippines security forces.
Governments cannot celebrate the UN World Habitat Day on 4 October while ignoring one billion people living in slums, Amnesty International said today.
The Emergency Decree and Internal Security Act grant authorities with extraordinary powers, which have often been abused to block the expression of peaceful dissenting views.
Eight men and two women convicted of 'gathering a crowd to disturb social order' following a Feb 2009 demonstration outside a court in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
On the third anniversary of the violent crackdown on the "Saffron Revolution", the authorities continue to hold over 2,200 people arrested for their peaceful activism.
World leaders urged to take urgent steps to uphold the rights of millions living in poverty in order to meet targets set by the Millennium Development Goals.
Campaigners and voters also face threats and violence from the Taleban and other insurgent groups in the run-up to this month's parliamentary elections.
Amnesty International has urged Indian authorities to carry out an effective investigation into a video clip that appears to show detainees in Kashmir being stripped and humiliated by security forces.
Yusuf Sapakoly, 52, died of kidney failure after being refused access to adequate medical assistance by prison authorities.
Chen Guangcheng and his family have been kept under unofficial house arrest since he was released from prison last week after serving a four-year sentence.
Two men from Greenpeace found guilty of theft and trespass and sentenced to one-year jail terms, suspended for three years.
Three men who were tortured and jailed after their forced return from Australia, are at risk of further abuse when they are returned to prison from hospital.
Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have urged the Cambodian government to immediately release a human rights worker who was sentenced to two years in prison for giving out anti-government leaflets.
Amnesty International has described the Indian government’s decision to reject the bauxite mine project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills as a landmark victory for the human rights of Indigenous communities.
If passed, the amendments would remove the death penalty from white collar crimes such as tax fraud, which already rarely receive the punishment.
RELA's Director-General says the civilian volunteer corps is aiming to expand its membership by a million agents by the end of the year.
The Philippine government should ensure that police officers responsible for torture shown in a video broadcast in the national media are brought to justice, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.