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.
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.