How Britain can avert a human rights disaster
By Geoffrey Robertson - 14 March 15:21

A case in Sri Lanka demonstrates that leaving justice in the hands of politicians cannot be countenanced.

The Kafkaesque reality of Pakistan's blasphemy laws
By Samira Shackle - 28 February 13:23

Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, is under police investigation for alleged blasphemy after making the case on television for the law to be re-examined and for the death penalty to be removed.

Cambodia: How the dead live
By Nicholas Shakespeare - 21 February 9:39

Nicholas Shakespeare returns to the scene of a childhood trauma.

Kraftwerk performing at Tate Modern in London.
Back to the future – Kraftwerk at the Tate and Iraq war regrets
By Jason Cowley - 21 February 8:27

Divisive arguments and musical nostalgia.

Boys ride on a motorbike as people gather at Seaview waterfront to celebrate Pak
The story of a kidnapping
By Samira Shackle - 18 February 16:46

"I gave up hope that I would ever see my wife and children again."

Afghanistan's female cricket dreams
By Tim Wigmore - 12 February 10:57

Despite objections from Afghan society, a women's cricket team is emerging.

A girl holds a placard during protests following the bombing in Quetta
The secret war in Balochistan
By Samira Shackle - 29 January 12:02

The Pakistani province is beset with violence.

New Statesman
Indian men wear skirts to halt violence against women
By Rae Boocock - 16 January 16:56

Skirt the Issue says that mentalities, not clothes, must change.

Mohammed Tahir ul Qadri's supporters hold placards during the march
This election would be a milestone for Pakistan's democracy. But will it go ahead?
By Samira Shackle - 15 January 10:49

As protesters demanding delayed elections gather in Islamabad, a warrant for the PM's arrest is issued and sceptics call foul play.

New Statesman
Are Delhi lawyers jeopardising justice?
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner - 14 January 9:29

The Lawyers Association's refusal to defend the men accused of the Delhi gang rape might be one step too far.

Will the Delhi gang-rape case actually change women's lives in India?
By Samira Shackle - 11 January 12:17

Translating "watershed" moments into action is almost impossible in a misogynist society with an under-equipped police force.

Indian activists take part in a candlelight vigil
By candlelight, a nation confronts its dark heart
By Soumya Bhattacharya - 03 January 5:33

It won’t be so easy to change the deeply entrenched patriarchal mindset that lead to the rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi.

Will the protests against the Delhi gang rape reach rural India?
By Priya Virmani - 31 December 11:46

In the backwaters of India, in rural areas still governed by feudal mindsets, rapes and gang rapes continue with impunity. The candle flame wave being carried through Delhi’s foggy, winter nights is not reaching this India.

Survival Pods
Chinese authorities arrest members of “Doomsday Cult”
By Alex Ward - 20 December 16:39

Over 1,000 members of the sect will witness the end of days from their prison cells.

Burma: daring to hope
By Ivan Lewis - 14 December 0:32

If Aung San Suu Kyi dares to hope that Burma’s future can be better, then we have a duty to support her with every means at our disposal.

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton with Zin Mar Aung in March 2012
A poet behind bars, broadcasting from Burma and an argument over aid
By Phil Jones - 06 December 5:52

What kind of regime is so afraid that it imprisons a 22-year-old woman for ten years for writing a poem? We’re broadcasting Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show live from Burma, something that until recently would have been unthinkable. The poet’s name is Zin Mar Aung.

The Stanserhorn mountain in Central Switzerland.
India’s strange addiction to Switzerland
By Ritwik Deo - 05 December 9:36

A love story based on scenery, souvenir T-shirts, watches and hope.

Pakistani students protest in Lahore earlier this month
The mob mentality that prevents things improving for Pakistan's minorities
By Samira Shackle - 04 December 9:21

While politicians shy away from watering down official discrimination, the situation isn't going to improve.

A chai-wallah makes a brew in the Jari Mari slum, next to Mumbai Airport
Things are different in India: Starbucks vs the chai-wallah
By Ritwik Deo - 28 November 10:17

How could something so bland and corporate ever compete with the muzzein-like call of the friendly chai-wallah?

A worker holds cotton at a cotton factory
Why are Indian farmers committing suicide over their debts?
By Leah Borromeo - 27 November 9:31

Cotton farming has such narrow margins that finding cash to hold a family together can prove too much.

Sea View Beach in Karachi
Armed guards, metal detectors and no phone signal: The realities of living under a high terror alert
By Samira Shackle - 19 November 15:25

The threat of terror attacks in Pakistan make things difficult sometimes, but life goes on with good humour and pragmatism.

Missiles are displayed during a North Korean military parade
UN diplomats: North Korean military hardware seized en route to Syria
By Alex Ward - 15 November 9:27

Pyongyang accused of violating UN sanctions to export missile technology to Assad.

Video: Barclays trader hurls abuse at construction workers
By Caroline Crampton - 12 November 11:46

Olivier Desbarres fired after a video of him yelling abuse at construction workers in Singapore was posted online.

Neelam, a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Madhya Pradesh, India.
When Neelam started her period, she thought she was dying like her mother
By Rose George - 09 November 17:11

The subject of periods and menstruation is even more taboo for India's girls than defecation - many have no idea what is happening when the bleeding starts.

Mohammad Zafar (R) and wife Zaheen Akhtar
Acid attacks in Pakistan: A sorry litany of male egotism
By Samira Shackle - 09 November 9:15

Samira Shackle interviews Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, one of the directors of the Oscar-winning documentary "Saving Face".