Human rights groups have urged the Malaysian government to place a moratorium on the punishment of caning after an appeal court upheld a six strokes caning sentence given to a Muslim woman for drinking alcohol in public.
A prisoner has been seriously injured and has had to be hospitalized after a clash between the Sri Lankan Army and detainees being held at a school in Vavuniya in the north-east of the country this week.
The extrajudicial killing of church workers is an attack against Christianity, say Filipino church leaders, who have demanded an impartial probe into the recent murder of a Roman Catholic priest in the Southeast Asian nation.
A new Indonesian bylaw which endorses stoning to death for adultery and caning of up to 100 lashes for homosexuality should be repealed immediately, international human rights organisations have declared.
Amnesty International Secretary General, Irene Khan has urged the US government to examine the findings of Judge Richard Goldstone’s report on violations of international law committed in Gaza and southern Israel.