A new report says this has been a year of highs and lows for human rights in Asia.
The annual report by the Asian Human Rights Commission issued Thursday says Asia has experienced continuing discontent over malfunctioning democracies and legal systems. It says this has led to setbacks for democracy and the rule of law.
The report notes one high for the year - in Nepal, where a popular revolt forced the country's king to relinquish his absolute powers and reinstate multi-party democracy. King Gyanendra has been accused of massive human rights violations.
In its report, the Asian Human Rights Commission says Thailand's September 19th military coup was a step backwards. It also notes the continuation in Burma of what it calls wanton criminality by state officials at all levels, as well as the absence
of the rule of law and rational government.