Asia/Pacific

Bangladesh paramilitaries trained by UK

22 December 10 - From the Guardian: The British government has been training a Bangladeshi paramilitary force condemned by human rights organisations as a "government death squad", leaked US embassy cables have revealed. Read
 

Call for Myanmar to release prisoners

15 December 10 - From UNOG: UN expert urges the government of Myanmar to release over 2,200 remaining prisoners of conscience. Read
 

China’s post Nobel award crackdown

14 December 10 - From Reuters: UN human rights investigators said on Monday that activists in China were under growing pressure from the state, linking the crackdown to the Nobel peace prize award to dissident Liu Xiaobo. Read
 

’Indiscriminate killing’ on India/Bangladesh border

10 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: India and Bangladesh should take immediate steps to end the killing of hundreds of their citizens at the West Bengal-Bangladesh border by India’s Border Security Force (BSF). Read
 

New report cites severe China abuses in Tibet

9 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: Eyewitness accounts confirm that Chinese security forces used disproportionate force and acted with deliberate brutality during and after unprecedented Tibetan protests beginning on March 10, 2008, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released (...) Read
 

China blocks BBC in Nobel prize protest

9 December 10 - From the Telegraph (UK): China has stepped up its campaign against the Nobel Peace prize, blocking the websites of the BBC and NRK, a Norwegian television channel, one day before Liu Xiaobo is honoured in Oslo with this year’s (...) Read
 

Hong Kong march to free Nobel winner

6 December 10 - From Reuters: Hundreds of people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to demand China free dissident Liu Xiaobo, a week before the human rights activist is formally awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway. Read
 

Kidnapping on the rise in Afghan north

1 December 10 - Businessmen in northern Afghanistan are increasingly targeted in a crime wave that experts warn will harm economic prospects. Read
 

China sentences woman for ironic twitter

26 November 10 - From Reporters Without Borders: RSF urges the Chinese authorities to rescind the sentence of one year of “reeducation through work” that has been imposed on a 46-year-old woman, Cheng Jianping, for relaying a comment on (...) Read
 

North Korea shells S. Korean island

23 November 10 - From Reuters: North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by the South, Seoul’s military and media reports said. Read
 
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