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More than 100 detained or intimidated since February by security forces, following online calls for a Chinese 'Jasmine Revolution'.
Authorities urged to halt the judicial caning of refugees and migrants after it was revealed that 30,000 had been caned in five years.
Amnesty International research shows how some of those detained are being held secretly where they are vulnerable to a range of abuses, including torture or being killed in custody.
An ethnic Uighur website manager who was sentenced to seven years in jail in China after a secret trial is the latest in a series of Uighur writers imprisoned for peaceful expression of cultural or political views.
The executions come four weeks after President Ma Ying-jeou formally apologised for the execution of an innocent man in 1997.
Journalists covering potential protests inspired by events in the Middle East and North Africa have been beaten or detained by security officers.
Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian member of the cabinet and one of few politicians calling for changes to controversial blasphemy laws, died after gunmen attacked his car.
Authorities say that the human rights activist was caught 'red-handed keeping and distributing documents' calling for the overthrow of the government.
About 2,000 Indian farmers in Orissa state could lose their livelihoods in the next month if a proposed US$12 billion steel plant operation involving South Korean steel giant POSCO goes ahead, Amnesty International warns.
The members of the Socialist Workers League, a small association that espouses socialism, were found guilty of "propagating or instigating a rebellion against the State."
Government urged to protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of their religion, in the face of calls from radical groups to outlaw a religious minority community.
In recent months, at least 90 Baloch activists, teachers, journalists and lawyers have disappeared or been murdered by government forces according to Amnesty International research.
Amnesty International urges the Chinese authorities to stop detaining and harassing more than 100 activists targeted in an apparent attempt to block anti-government demonstrations inspired by protests across the Middle East.
The Thai authorities should drop all charges against human rights defender and web forum moderator Chiranuch Premchaiporn, whose trial continues this week.
Amnesty International urges the Indonesian government to investigate the killings of three members of a religious minority group by a mob on the island of Java this weekend.
Amnesty International calls on UK government to raise concerns about the killings with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina who visits the UK this week.
Vi Duc Hoi is sentenced to eight years for "spreading anti-government propaganda" after he posted articles on the internet calling for democracy.
Two South Korean human rights defenders have been convicted for peaceful protest in support of families whose loved ones died while demonstrating against forced evictions.
Amnesty International has criticised the trial and sentences handed to Indonesian soldiers who were filmed abusing Papuan prisoners.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is visiting the US, is commander in chief of Sri Lanka's armed forces, which face allegations of war crimes, enforced disappearances, and torture.