from Asia and the pacific
The Sri Lankan authorities must not allow the army to investigate itself over allegations of excessive use of force after three men demonstrating over access to drinking water were killed over the weekend.
A ruling by Thailand’s Supreme Court shows how the authorities have failed to provide justice for 85 people that died at the hands of the security forces in Tak Bai.
The Malaysian authorities must take immediate steps to end the alarming rate of reported deaths in custody, some as a result of torture or other ill-treatment.
US chemical giant The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) must acknowledge its responsibility towards survivors of the devastating Bhopal industrial disaster.
The Indian authorities must ensure an urgent, full and independent investigation into the killing of four demonstrators and the alleged use of live ammunition against protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.
Amnesty International has called into question President Thein Sein’s recent commitment to clear Myanmar’s jails of prisoners of conscience by the end of the year.
Thevan spent many months in detention in Sri Lanka, where security forces tortured him into "confessing" to being part of the Tamil Tigers.
Amnesty International has launched a new Chinese-language website containing research reports, articles and blog entries on the organization’s research and activism around the world.
A North Korean government ministry’s latest threat of harsh punishment against people leaving North Korea without permission renews concerns about freedom of movement in a country with a deplorable human rights record.
The trial of 12 Kopassus soldiers accused of the extrajudicial execution of four detainees is likely to be little more than a sham, Amnesty International said as the military hearing opens on Thursday.
Human rights, including women’s rights, must be integral to any peace deal with the Taliban said Amnesty International today as the USA announced that it was to start direct peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban armed group.
Afghanistan’s security forces must avoid and account for civilian casualties, Amnesty International said as the NATO International Security Assistance Force handed over responsibility for maintaining security in the country.
There are growing fears about the fate of photographer Du Bin, who has not been heard from since security police reportedly detained him at his home in Beijing late last month.
A new briefing examines the case of Sombath, an activist from Laos who was taken away in the presence of security personnel on the evening of 15 December 2012 and has not been heard from since.
A new report reveals how he Bangladeshi government’s failure to address rights to traditional lands in the eastern Chittagong Hill Tracts region has left tens of thousands of Pahari Indigenous people landless and trapped in a cycle of violent clashes with Bengali settlers.
Pakistan’s new government must not surrender respect for human rights in any potential peace talks with the Taliban or other armed groups.
International and Afghan military forces must preserve the modest human rights gains of the past 12 years, Amnesty International said ahead of this week’s NATO meeting in Brussels.
The Cambodian authorities must release housing rights activist and prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha who was jailed after an unfair trial.
An office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in eastern Afghanistan was brutally assaulted by unidentified armed men.