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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

08 March 2010

The President of Timor-Leste has told Amnesty International he would support the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for crimes committed during the 1975-1999 conflict with Indonesia, should the UN Security Council set it up.

25 February 2010

Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.

25 February 2010

In a five to four ruling, the Court stated that capital punishment did not violate "human dignity and worth" protected in the Constitution.

18 February 2010
Three Muslim women were caned at a prison near Kuala Lumpur after the Shariah court system had  convicted them of having extramarital sex.
12 February 2010
Travis Bishop, a US army sergeant who refused to serve in Afghanistan because of his religious beliefs as a Christian, has had his year-long sentenced shortened by three months.
11 February 2010
A Beijing court has rejected the well-known scholar's appeal against his 11 year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power".
09 February 2010
Retired General Sarath Fonseka will reportedly face a military Court Martial on charges that he revealed military secrets and plotted the assassination of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
09 February 2010
Tan Zuoren was convicted for criticizing the Chinese Communist Party and the government in his online articles and diaries about the handling of 1989's Tiananmen crackdown.
09 February 2010
Controversial new legislation is believed to be an attempt to provide legal cover for ongoing impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations, including the Taleban.
01 February 2010
Amnesty International has called on the Sri Lankan government to end its crackdown on journalists, political activists and human rights defenders following last week’s presidential election.
29 January 2010
Amnesty International has urged the Malaysian authorities to drop politically motivated criminal charges of sodomy against Anwar Ibrahim, the country’s opposition leader.
26 January 2010
Human rights must not be compromised during reconciliation talks with the Taleban, Amnesty International said on the eve of a conference on deteriorating security conditions in the country.
22 January 2010
Amnesty International has called on Sri Lankan political leaders to investigate attacks on activists during one of the most violent presidential elections in the last 20 years.
20 January 2010
In a one-day trial, a court convicted four pro-democracy activists of 'activities aimed at overthrowing the people's administration', sentencing them to between five and 16 years.
14 January 2010
Amnesty International has welcomed President Tsakhia Elbegdorj's move as an important development toward full abolition of the death penalty.
13 January 2010
Amnesty International has again urged the Chinese authorities to end censorship of the internet after online firm Google raised concern about the hacking of activists' email accounts.
12 January 2010
JS Tissainayagam was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on terrorism charges last year, after criticizing the government.
07 January 2010
Amnesty International has urged the Chinese authorities to release a Tibetan documentary filmmaker who has been jailed for six years for 'subversion'.
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