At least nine activists who were trying to organize a peaceful demonstration in Equatorial Guinea were arrested as authorities are determined to clamp down on free speech ahead of up-coming elections.
A Gambian activist detained by the authorities after peacefully expressing his views has been released – but there is still no news about a journalist missing for seven years
A female lawyer in Sudan who was arrested on 4 May and whose whereabouts are still unknownis at risk of torture.
Scores of parliamentarians, journalists, army officers and civilians have been arrested in Chad since the beginning of the month and many are being held without charged.
The Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”.
No one knows the global arms trade’s devastating effects more vividly than those who live and work on the front lines of armed conflict and in areas ravaged by small arms violence.
A new Amnesty International report says unlawful killings, torture and other abuses are being used to clamp down on political opponents and activists.
Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko has been released after nine months in detention, during which time she faced the death penalty on fabricated charges.
Amnesty International has documented a series of cases of Sudanese activists living in Egypt who have faced harassment and attacks, reportedly at the hands of the Sudanese authorities.
The remaining charges against Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko must be dropped and she must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Okay Machisa, director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, is denied bail and remanded in custody until 30 January.
Three trade unionists and a journalist receive heavy suspended prison sentences and fines for initiating and publishing an anti-government petition.
A judge must oversee any investigation into the deaths of 34 people after South African police opened fire on protesting miners at the Marikana mine complex.
Threats against human rights defenders and journalists are on the rise amid fighting in DR Congo's North Kivu province.
Amnesty International is marking its annual Day of Action calling for improved human rights in The Gambia.
Police have raided a human rights workshop attended by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Kampala.
Nigerian trade union leader Osmond Ugwu was detained in October 2011 and jailed for three months on trumped-up charges.
It has been a particularly tough year for human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa, says Zimbabwean activist Jenni Williams.
Activists from around the globe share their stories from the frontline of defending human rights.
Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.