Category Archives: Asia And The Pacific

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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Seizing the momentum

  Hakamada Iwao spent 46 years on death row before his release in March. For Wakabayashi Hideki, Director of Amnesty International Japan, it was an incredible moment, but the fight isn’t over yet. Wakabayashi Hideki remembers the exact moment when … Continue reading

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What Tiananmen taught me

By Trini Leung, Director for East Asia at Amnesty International. I’ll never forget the morning of June 2, 1989. I was living in Hong Kong and, together with a few fellow activists, we decided there was nowhere else to be but … Continue reading

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Hong Kong must be alert to gradual erosion of its freedom of expression

With Hong Kong’s news stands packed with an array of publications critical of leaders of all political stripes, many ask why press freedom is such a concern. This great city has been a torchbearer for a vibrant and independent press … Continue reading

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