Asia

  • Vietnam: Harsh punishments for “subversive activities” 05 Feb 2013

    Vietnam: Harsh punishments for “subversive activities”

    A court in Vietnam has sentenced a man to life in prison and given jail terms of up to 17 years to other defendants after they were found guilty of subversive activities, state-run Vietnam Television said on Monday. read more


  • Hostile climate for journalists in Thailand 31 Jan 2013

    Hostile climate for journalists in Thailand

    On 26 January 2013, four cars belonging to the television station ASTV were fired on by unidentified people. Reporters without borders stated, “Spraying a news organisation’s vehicles with bullets is a serious act…the attack is a reflection of the current hostile climate for journalists and those who work in news and information in the country. The investigation being carried out by the authorities must be concluded quickly so that those behind the crime are held to account for their actions.” The... read more


  • China in urgent need for Anti-Domestic Violence Legislation 31 Jan 2013

    China in urgent need for Anti-Domestic Violence Legislation

    Li Yan, a woman convicted of killing her husband following months of violent abuse, now faces execution. According to Chinese criminal procedure, Li could be executed in the coming days, following approval by China’s Supreme People’s Court. Unlike China, other countries around the world take into account previous acts of violence against survivors of domestic violence as a defence or as a mitigating factor in sentencing. Human Rights Watch said“the lack of a comprehensive law against domestic violence to prevent, investigate,... read more


  • Child soldiers in Myanmar 26 Jan 2013

    Child soldiers in Myanmar

    Child soldiers are still being recruited in Myanmar despite the nation’s recent political reforms read more


  • Following Kamran Faisal`s death no one can be considered safe in Pakistan 26 Jan 2013

    Following Kamran Faisal`s death no one can be considered safe in Pakistan

    Kamran Faisal, a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigator, was found dead last Friday in a government hostel just days after the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf read more


  • New Rape Laws in the wake of the Deadly Rape 26 Jan 2013

    New Rape Laws in the wake of the Deadly Rape

    The panel recommended that police and other officials who fail to act against crimes against women be punished read more


  • Abuse and torture in Afghan jails 26 Jan 2013

    Abuse and torture in Afghan jails

    The UN found credible evidence that even children were routinely tortured by police and security forces. read more


  • Indian police force is an obstacle to tackling rape cases 26 Jan 2013

    Indian police force is an obstacle to tackling rape cases

    30-year old mother of two was raped in South Delhi who later saw the man who had attacked her laughing with a police officer just outside her apartment window read more


  • Tibetan despair and resentment leads to self-immolation 26 Jan 2013

    Tibetan despair and resentment leads to self-immolation

    Another Tibet set himself on fire yesterday in eastern Tibet in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet read more


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