Category Archives: Asia And The Pacific

No justice for Afghan civilians killed by US or NATO forces

By Richard Bennett, Asia Pacific Director at Amnesty International In the early hours of 16 September, 2012, a group of women from different villages in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province set out to collect firewood. As they stopped to drink water … Continue reading

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Time for President Aquino to tackle the Philippines’ dirty, open secret

By Hazel Galang-Folli, Amnesty International’s Expert on the Philippines. This Monday, President Benigno Aquino delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address. The address focused on the government’s achievements on good governance and the promise of a “righteous path”, or … Continue reading

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No Honour in Gender Violence

By Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty Internaitonal’s Pakistan Researcher. For anyone following the news from Pakistan, the past few weeks have made for grim reading when it comes to violence against women. Recently, a 21-year old woman in Punjab was found raped … Continue reading

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Kalpana Chakma – information, disinformation, non-information

By Chris Chapman, Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights Researcher/Adviser   This month marked 18 years since Kalpana Chakma was forcibly disappeared – taken from her home in Rangamati in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts by a group of plain-clothed security personnel believed … Continue reading

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Indonesia: No longer a haven of religious tolerance

Indonesia has long been seen as a “haven of tolerance” but today, religious freedom is slowly being eroded. Amnesty’s Papang Hidayat travelled to Indonesia to find out more. Whistling while praying, claiming to be a prophet or receiving a revelation … Continue reading

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