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Asia and the Pacific Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Execution for Expression: Submission to the 47th Session of the UPR Working Group, 4-15 November 2024

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) in November 2024. Amnesty International raises concerns about freedom of expression, freedom of movement, forced repatriation of North Koreans by the Chinese government,...
Iran Death Penalty

Iran: Drug-related executions surging in Iran

Fears are mounting that thousands of people have been sentenced to death and are at risk of execution or are facing investigations or prosecution on capital drug-related offences, amid a horrific surge in executions in Iran. In 2023, at least 481 people were executed for drug-related offences –...
Saudi Arabia Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Saudi Arabia: Manifesto for Repression: Saudi Arabia’s Forthcoming Penal Code Must Uphold Human Rights in Line with International Law and Standards

Amnesty International’s analysis of an alleged leaked draft of the penal code shows how it codifies existing repressive practices that have allowed for the imprisonment of dissidents, as well as inhumane practices such as the death penalty. The draft code criminalizes acts of speech that are...
Americas Death Penalty

USA: Georgia sets first execution in four years

Willie Pye is scheduled to be executed in Georgia on 20 March 2024. Now 58, he was sentenced to death for a murder committed in 1992 when he was 27. In 2021, federal judges overturned the death sentence because of the trial lawyer’s failure to investigate and present evidence of Pye’s significantly...