Sorcery-related killings and assaults in PNG, police brutality in Fiji and forced evictions in China have all been highlighted as key issues for concern by Amnesty International in its annual report on the state of global human rights.
The group also lists Cambodia, Vietnam, North Korea, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Maldives as countries where elements of the population have been oppressed or freedom of expression has been limited.
There has been praise for Myanmar's release of hundreds of prisoners of conscience in recent months and the government's decision to allow the Red Cross to once again inspect the country's prisons has been described as a very positive move.
But Amnesty International national director in Australia, Claire Mallinson, says there are also worries about the treatment of Muslim minorities in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
"I met with many refugees who actually have fled into Thailand...they would really like to return to Burma but they are very nervous...because they don't know where they will return to." she said.
"It's also still incredibly dangerous in Burma, there are lots of landmines, it's one of the things a lot of people are still unaware of," she said.
Ms Mallinson says Amnesty International is urging the Myanmar government to stand up and show its support for all the people who live in the country, including the ethnic minorities.
The report also says Thailand's plans to return refugees to Myanmar are ill-advised because they still face significant risks in their home country.
Amnesty says North Korea has failed to reform despite the opportunity offered by the leadership transition after the death of Kim Jong-il.
Under Kim Jong-un the country has continued its practice of arbitrary detention and starving the population.
"There's political prison camps where tens of thousands are there for many many years." Ms Mallinson said.
She says Amnesty managed to interview an escapee from one of these camps who described the horror of conditions on the inside.
"When he went into the camp he weighed 78 kilograms and he came out weighing 35 kilograms and he told us about the systematic torture that was happening there including [what is called] the 'pigeon position' where people are hung from the ceiling for days on end." she said.
Also on the Korean peninsula, South Korea has been criticised in the report for what Amnesty calls the use of "vaguely worded clauses of the National Security Law to detain people and to control online debate on North Korea."
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