Our Work In The Region

The space for freedom of expression is shrinking across South Asia. Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists; Bangladesh is increasingly dangerous for those speaking their own minds and, human rights defenders are not tolerated in Afghanistan. Yet there are small signs of progress, even if fragile and halting. These include tentative steps towards addressing widespread torture in Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka.

Whilst in South East Asia and the Pacific, millions of refugees and asylum-seekers face harsh conditions across the region, and countries as disparate as Australia and China violate international law by forcibly returning people to places where they face a real risk of serious violations. Key freedoms, such as freedom of expression, are under threat as many countries intensify their crackdowns and seek to tighten control on civil society.