from Asia and the pacific
Yong Vui Kong, who was 19 when he was first arrested for possessing 47g of heroin in 2007, faces imminent execution.
The expulsion of an Al-Jazeera journalist from China is part of a wider clampdown on foreign reporters in the country.
China says activist Chen Guangcheng will be allowed to go abroad to study but his wider family is still in detention.
Promises to Chen Guangcheng that he can live a normal life if he remains in China must be viewed with extreme caution, Amnesty International said.
The US must guarantee Chen Guangcheng’s safety and insist China protect the rights of the activist and his family, Amnesty International said.
Amnesty International hears from journalists and bloggers across the world who face abuse and even imprisonment while trying to do their job.
Fears have risen for blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng who made a bold escape from illegal house arrest.
Prominent Cambodian enviromental activist Chut Wutty, an outspoken critic of illegal logging, has been shot dead in Koh Kong province.
Despite a decade of supposed reform, Indonesian police officers continue to be implicated in shootings and beatings of peaceful individuals.
Two men were killed in clashes between protesters and police amid a spate of disappearances in Bangladesh.
Pakistan is urged to end secret detention and reveal the fate of hundreds of disappeared people believed abducted and held by security agencies.
In North Korea, hundreds of thousands of people exist in prison camps out of sight of the rest of the world, where human rights protections are ignored.
The proposed new law allows for violations of human rights such as freedom from arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment.
Prominent Chinese housing activist Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin were jailed today on spurious charges.
US forces are set to transfer detainees from Bagram prison to the Afghan government, prompting fears that they may be at risk of torture.
Thailand is considering an amnesty law which could grant impunity for grave human rights violations.
Japan has hanged three men in the country's first executions in almost two years, joining the minority of countries worldwide that are still executing.
Police beat and sexually harassed four women detained during an anti-government rally, according to testimony gathered by Amnesty International.
After four decades awaiting execution, a recent court development offers hope of retrial for death row prisoner Masaru Okunishi.
A new Amnesty International report documents how arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances have become routine in Sri Lanka.