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Amnesty: Human Rights in Asia-Pacific Worsen in 2002 - 2003-05-28


Amnesty International says the human rights situation in several Asian and Pacific nations worsened in 2002.

In its annual human rights report, released today (Wednesday), the London-based group blasted China for using its crackdown on crime to unjustly detain, torture and execute suspects. Several countries -- including China, North Korea, Vietnam and Laos -- were criticized for detaining people for speaking freely.

Amnesty condemned Australia for its detention of asylum-seekers in government-run camps. The group called on Canberra to investigate its policy of detaining asylum-seekers.

Indonesia was criticized for its human rights trials of suspects accused of committing crimes against humanity in East Timor in 1999. Amnesty said the trials do not meet international standards of fairness.

Amnesty also called on Burma to immediately release some 13,00 people detained for political reasons.

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