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 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.
Serious human rights violations and denial of fundamental freedoms in Equatorial Guinea are casting a shadow over campaigning ahead of the 26 May, 2013 legislative elections.
A draft law that includes new press-related crimes and exorbitant fines for journalists who violate them looks set to be signed off by Burundi's President.
Two teachers have been deteined without charge for a week in the Republic of Congo in connection with a peaceful strike.
In Swaziland, a newspaper editor was convicted on two counts of contempt of court for questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary.
Prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who was denied bail at a court appearance today must be immediately and unconditionally released.
The alert issued by Zimbabwe police on state television implying that prominent human rights defender Jestina Mukoko was on the run from the law is a new low in the recent crackdown on dissent.
More attacks by the police on Zimbabwean human rights defenders cast doubt on the country’s ability to hold a credible constitutional referendum and election this year
Amnesty International's new report says delays in implementing new laws on policing may lead to a repeat of 2007's post-election violence.
The four people, who helped a woman who reported being raped by state security forces, have been detained for over a week without charge.
Okay Machisa, director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, is denied bail and remanded in custody until 30 January.
Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire must get a prompt and fair appeal after being convicted in a trial that fell short of international standards.
Three trade unionists and a journalist receive heavy suspended prison sentences and fines for initiating and publishing an anti-government petition.
Charges against two journalists detained after they applied for permission to hold a peaceful protest over the executions of nine death row inmates must be dropped by the Gambian authorities.
The detention of a newspaper editor is a worrying signal that the Ethiopian government intends to carry on a crackdown on dissent
Authorities urged to investigate killing of all journalists and media workers following the deaths of two more in the capital Mogadishu.
The Somali authorities and the international community must ensure that those responsible for the killings of media workers are brought to justice.
Amnesty International is marking its annual Day of Action calling for improved human rights in The Gambia.