Mali has referred the situation in the country to the ICC, indicating that its own national authorities are unable to prosecute war crimes.
Ethiopia has convicted 24 government opponents, among them top journalist Eskinder Nega, on trumped-up terrorism and treason charges
Protests over austerity cuts in Sudan have prompted scores of arrests of activists as well as harrassment of journalists.
It has been a particularly tough year for human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa, says Zimbabwean activist Jenni Williams.
Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.
An attack on a group of youth activists in Luanda highlights the ongoing threats human rights defenders in Angola face.
Independent media in Sudan is facing continous harrassment from the authorities, with arrests of journalists and national newspapers seized.
An Amnesty International briefing released on World Press Freedom Day explores how the authorities in Sudan censor journalists.
Amnesty International hears from journalists and bloggers across the world who face abuse and even imprisonment while trying to do their job.
Growing restrictions on human rights are fuelling fear and insecurity in the wake of the military coup in Guinea-Bissau.
Instead of putting an end to extrajudicial executions, the Nigeria Police Force is investigating a human rights official who spoke out on the issue.
Guinea-Bissau's military coup brings to the fore a number of serious unresolved human rights concerns in the West African country.
Politicians and activists protesting a military coup in Mali have been attacked and injured during a peaceful rally in the capital Bamako.
Six Zimbabwean activists have been fined and sentenced to carry out community service after screening a video on events in North Africa.
A new report documents how Ethiopia's civil society legislation stifles legitimate human rights work.
Jean-Claude Roger Mbede and 12 other people in Cameroon have been arrested since March 2011 for allegedly practising homosexuality.
Authorities urged to end the persecution of political opponents and journalists as former government minister freed after 10 years.
Abukar Hasan Mohamud Kadaf is the third journalist to be killed in Mogadishu in just two months.
Senegal's presidential candidates must call for calm ahead of the first round of elections this weekend.
Malawi's former Attorney General, who is critical of the current government, has been returned to prison despite a court order to release him on bail.