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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Viet Nam: Open Letter on Prisoner of Conscience Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức

On the 8th anniversary of the arrest of POC Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức – and half way through his 16-year prison sentence – the Directors of 12 Amnesty International offices call for his immediate and unconditional release. The letter also calls on Viet Nam’s prison authorities to ensure that their treatment of Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức adheres strictly, as a minimum, to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) so that he is treated with dignity and respect while he is incarcerated.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/6234/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Imminent execution for former government official: Zhao Liping

A former government official has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the killing of a young woman. His family has raised serious concerns about whether he received a fair trial and he alleges that he gave a “confession” after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. His execution could be imminent.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6326/2017
  • News
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Killings and Disappearances

Papua New Guinea: Officers responsible for prisoner killings must meet justice

Responding to the killing by Papua New Guinea security forces of 17 prisoners who escaped Buimo jail as part of a mass breakout, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Champa Patel, said: “The Papua New Guinea authorities must immediately order an independent and effective investigation into these killings. They must suspend any officers involved until the investigation is concluded, and hold suspected perpetrators to account through fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Date:
15 May 2017
  • News
  • Malaysia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Malaysia: Extradition puts three Turkish men at risk of torture

Responding to the extradition of three Turkish men suspected of links to Turkey’s Gülen movement, who had been arbitrarily detained under SOSMA, Malaysia’s draconian security law, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “By sending these three men suspected of links to Fethullah Gülen back to Turkey, the Malaysian authorities have put their liberty and well-being at risk.

Date:
12 May 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

China: Human rights lawyer released on bail amid relentless crackdown

The release of Xie Yang on bail does not represent a break in China’s relentless crackdown against human rights lawyers, Amnesty International said today. Xie Yang was tried in Changsha City Intermediate People’s Court in southern China on 8 May for “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order” and apparently released on bail even though a verdict has not been announced. “This unusual sequence of events does nothing to alleviate the concerns about torture in this case,” said Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 May 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

Philippines ‘war on drugs’: Credible and impartial investigations needed after ‘secret jail cell’ revealed

Following today’s suspension of more than a dozen police officers and the announcement of an internal investigation into revelations that 12 people were detained illegally in a cramped “secret jail cell” in Manila on drugs-related charges, Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:“This is an alarming reminder of the depth of the human rights crisis sparked by President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’.

Date:
28 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Myanmar: Former prisoner of conscience detained again: Htin Kyaw

Activist, Htin Kyaw is again being detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his human rights. Arrested in October 2016 for his criticism of the Myanmar justice system, his next court hearing is on 5 April 2017 and, if convicted, he faces up to two years’ imprisonment. He must be immediately released and all charges related to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression must be dropped.

Date:
30 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5993/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Maldives
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Maldives: Activist jailed for criticism of development project: Thayyib Shaheem

Maldivian social media activist Thayyib Shaheem was arrested on 16 March, and has since been detained in Dhoonidhoo island prison. He is accused of “spreading panic” on social media after he criticised a development project in Maldives. He faces up to a year and three months in jail if convicted. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
29 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 29/5989/2017
  • News
  • Myanmar
  • Killings and Disappearances

Myanmar: Act now on Rakhine Commission report

Myanmar’s authorities must immediately act on the urgent calls made in an interim report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today. “The authorities must immediately act on the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations to grant humanitarian access, end the media blackout in northern Rakhine State, and ensure the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
17 March 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • UN

Timor-Leste: Amnesty International Urges Renewed Action on Past Human Rights Violations

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Timor-Leste. Amnesty International welcomes Timor-Leste’s acceptance of recommendations to address past human rights violations and ensure the delivery of reparations to the victims, and accepting recommendations to implement the Media Law in line with its international human rights obligations, to uphold the rights to freedom of expression and to ensure freedom of the press.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 57/5922/2017
  • News
  • Afghanistan
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

It has become dangerous to be a blogger or a journalist in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia’s countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
1 March 2017