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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

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.

14 November 2011

Almost 3,000 Chinese villagers have reportedly signed a petition calling for the release of a Falun Gong practictioner who may have been tortured.

11 November 2011

Reports that supporters intend to take action on Chen Guangcheng's 40th birthday have prompted fears of confrontation with security officials.

09 November 2011

The demonstrators were protesting the trial and mistreatment of two local Falun Gong broadcasters.

08 November 2011

To mark Eid, the Taleban leader Mullah Omar instructed his commanders to stem the rising number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

07 November 2011

Sri Lanka's anti-torture laws are treated as little more than a piece of paper and very few cases go to trial.

07 November 2011

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the Chinese government to stop human rights abuses in Tibet.

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