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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

14 August 2009
Attacks on journalists, intimidation and restrictions on reporting threaten freedom of expression in Sri Lanka and jeopardize the safety and dignity of civilians displaced by war.
14 August 2009
Women who faced abuse and sexual slavery at the hand of the Japanese Imperial army during the Second World War, have now been waiting 64 years for an official apology and adequate reparations.
13 August 2009
A further 160 families in Cambodia are to be forcibly evicted from their homes without being given adequate alternative housing or just compensation.
12 August 2009
Journalists in Afghanistan face increasing threats and attacks from both government officials and the Taleban in the run-up to the presidential elections on 20 August.
11 August 2009
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader has been sentenced to a further 18 months’ house arrest. She has been detained for over 13 of the past 20 years, mostly under house arrest.
07 August 2009
Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the recent war in North East Sri Lanka and living in camps are being denied basic human rights including freedom of movement.
04 August 2009
Two activists who offered assistance to survivors of the May 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province, China, will be tried this month behind closed doors.
31 July 2009
The recent hangings of three men brings the total number of executions carried out in Japan this year to seven, while other countries reject capital punishment.
28 July 2009
In a meeting with delegates from Amnesty International Nepal, the Minister gave a commitment to start the process for her country to ratify the Rome Statute.
28 July 2009
Japan has become the first country in Asia to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
21 July 2009
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations should ensure that its newly established human rights mechanism has the necessary powers to do its job properly.
17 July 2009
The families dismantled their homes after three years of government harassment and intimidation, with no choice but to accept inadequate compensation rather than have
15 July 2009
Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has had his professional license revoked by the Justice Bureau of Beijing Municipality.
14 July 2009
The Papua New Guinea government should abolish the death penalty instead of putting it back into effect, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint
10 July 2009
Mounting evidence, including a statement by former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, suggests that UK authorities expolited the torture of terrorism suspects by forei
09 July 2009
The Indian government should immediately withdraw the clearance granted to a massive mining project that threatens the lives and livelihoods of a protected indigenous
07 July 2009
Amnesty International has called on the Chinese authorities to fully account for the deaths and for the 1,434 people who were detained in connection with the protests
03 July 2009
A Delhi high court has decided to decriminalize homosexuality. The ruling overturns a 19th century British colonial law.
03 July 2009
A delegation from Amnesty International delivered thousands of letters to the prime minister, calling on him to ratify a treaty aimed at combating enforced disappeara
23 June 2009
The Indonesian police carry out widespread abuse with impunity against criminal suspects and poor and marginalized communities, according to a new Amnesty Internatio
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