Asia Pacific Topics

Mar 4, 2015

India bans documentary about 2012 Delhi gang rape

A documentary film about the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 has been banned in India over concerns that derogatory comments made by one of the rapists could create an atmosphere of fear and tension, a police official said. ...

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Mar 4, 2015

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Indonesia on Wednesday transferred two Australians early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. The preparations at the execution site have been completed and four ...

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Feb 27, 2015

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Nepal’s top court on Thursday said two bodies set up to investigate war crimes committed during the country’s decadelong civil conflict would not be able to grant amnesty for serious rights abuses. Former Maoist rebels and security forces have both been accused of carrying ...

Feb 27, 2015

Four dead in second rare shooting in South Korea

Four people, including a policeman, were killed Friday in the second shooting incident in two days in South Korea, where gun crime is extremely rare. A 75-year-old man armed with a hunting rifle shot dead his brother, the brother’s wife and a policeman who ...

Feb 26, 2015

South Korea court says adultery law is unconstitutional

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a controversial law outlawing adultery and threatening violators with jail. It marked the fifth time in 25 years that the court had considered the constitutionality of a 1953 statute which made South Korea one of the ...

Feb 26, 2015

China's top court rails against Western model of judicial independence

China’s top court has urged officials from the ruling Communist Party to shun Western-style judicial independence, state media said on Thursday, as controls over the media, dissent and the Internet are tightened. The comments by China’s Supreme Court, Beijing’s latest attack on Western ideology, ...

Feb 26, 2015

China convicts 81-year-old writer who criticized propaganda chief

A Chinese court sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail Wednesday on a charge of illegal business after he criticized the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said. The conviction of Huang Zerong, better known by ...

Feb 25, 2015

Gunman kills 3 in South Korea store; suspect found dead

A gunman shot and killed three people Wednesday in a Sejong City convenience store that he then torched before fleeing, South Korean police said. The suspect was later found dead. A hunting rifle was recovered near the suspect’s body a few kilometers (miles) from ...

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Feb 24, 2015

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Indonesia’s president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed. He warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta’s right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the ...