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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

24 January 2012

Chinese security forces in Sichuan Province have reportedly fired on Tibetan protestors for a second successive day.

20 January 2012

The High Court of Orissa has dismissed the mining company's plea for a six-fold expansion of the plant.

13 January 2012

The prisoner amnesty is the second this year and the fourth under Myanmar’s post-elections government.

13 January 2012

Hundreds of Shi’a Muslims were forced back their village in East Java last night after an anti-Shi’a mob attack had driven them away.

12 January 2012

24 women and six children have been detained while protesting last week's violent forced eviction of 300 families from Borei Keila in Phnom Penh.

10 January 2012

A Maldivian blogger attacked and detained for organizing a peaceful demonstration has been released, while his attackers remain at large.

09 January 2012

Malaysia's High Court acquitted Anwar Ibrahim of criminal sodomy charges, but the repressive statute that enabled his persecution is still on the books.

06 January 2012

Up to five children who had been travelling with seven Uighur adults shot dead by police while trying to leave China, are believed to be detained.

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.

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