from Asia and the pacific
The Sri Lankan government’s targeting of critics persists at alarming levels, with more surveillance and harassment reported ahead of next month’s UN Human Rights Council (HRC) session, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today.
The international community must act on a robust new UN report calling for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said.
The government of India should provide more detailed information about the circumstances of deaths in Qatar and other Gulf countries, Amnesty International India said today.
The Myanmar parliament will reportedly only made token and insignificant changes to a draconian anti-protest law, raising serious questions about the authorities’ commitment to human rights reforms.
Widespread gender discrimination in Nepal has led to hundreds of thousands of women suffering from a reproductive health condition that leaves them in great pain, unable to carry out daily tasks and often ostracized from their families and communities.
News of the death of one asylum seeker on Manus Island and serious injuries sustained by dozens of others is extremely distressing and must prompt an urgent, independent investigation by the Australian authorities, Amnesty International said.
The United Nations Security Council must increase pressure on North Korea to address the horrific human rights situation in the country, Amnesty International said following publication of a damning UN report.
Amnesty International commended President Hamid Karzai’s decision not to sign the draft Criminal Procedure Code, which would have denied justice to victims of rape, domestic violence and under-aged and forced marriage.
Millions of domestic workers in Indonesia are at risk of economic exploitation and routine abuse while living in legal limbo without protection, Amnesty International said as the country marks National Domestic Workers Day on 15 February.
The Pakistani authorities must immediately determine the whereabouts of an anti-drone activist who disappeared days before he was due to travel to Europe to give testimony before the European Parliament.
Afghanistan’s new policy to help more than 600,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live on the brink of starvation and in cramped makeshift dwellings, is a milestone, said Amnesty International.
The Malaysian government’s move to halt an execution scheduled for today is positive but the lives of hundreds of others on death row are still at risk, Amnesty International said.
The failure of the Papua New Guinea authorities to bring the killers of a woman who was burned alive to justice, underlines their complete failure to address “sorcery” attacks.
Malaysian authorities must immediately halt plans to carry out yet another “secretive execution” this Friday, Amnesty International said.
Aquino administration urged to end routine torture after 44 detainees accuse at least ten police officers in Laguna province of torture and corruption.
The jailing of prominent Chinese legal scholar and activist Xu Zhiyong is a travesty and he should be released immediately.
Maldives must immediately put a stop to any plans to resume executions for the first time in 60 years.
Pakistan must immediately and unconditionally release a man sentenced to death under the country’s blasphemy laws today.
The adivasi woman was allegedly gang-raped on the orders of an unelected all-male village council as punishment for falling in love with a Muslim man.
The Chinese authorities must immediately release prominent activist Xu Zhiyong, whose trial is due to start in Beijing on Wednesday.