from Asia and the pacific
Singapore dealt a sharp blow to freedom of expression by sentencing 76-year-old British author Alan Shadrake to jail for publishing a book which criticises the Singaporean judiciary, Amnesty International said today.
Amnesty International welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, but calls on the government of Myanmar to immediately release all of the prisoners of conscience in the country.
Amnesty International calls on the Indonesian government to block discriminatory efforts to institute pregnancy and virginity tests for high school girls.
The Myanmar government’s attacks on the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association compromise the country’s first elections in 20 years, says Amnesty International.
19-year old domestic worker Rhaya was ostracised and her family forced to leave their home after she was raped and became pregnant.
Singapore’s conviction of author Alan Shadrake for contempt of court will further stifle freedom of expression and legitimate criticism of the judiciary, says Amnesty International.
Amnesty International condemns the nine and seven-year prison sentences given to three activists in Viet Nam for carrying out their legitimate work on labour rights.
Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian King to halt the execution of a young Sri Lankan woman who has lost her appeal against a death sentence for a murder committed when she says she was 17.
The Pakistani government must investigate the torture and killings of more than 40 Baloch leaders and political activists over the past four months.
US authorities urged to address human rights violations committed against Canadian national in spite of him pleading guilty to the charges against him at a Guantánamo military commission.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has rejected the proposed expansion, finding that it violated environmental laws.
The Indonesian government should initiate an independent investigation into reports of torture and other ill-treatment in Papua over the last two years, Amnesty International has said.
Following Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize win, Amnesty International profiles five other prominent Chinese activists who have been locked up for daring to criticise the government.
Amnesty International declines to appear before Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, saying it does not meet international standards for independent and impartial inquiries.
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.