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.
An attack on a group of youth activists in Luanda highlights the ongoing threats human rights defenders in Angola face.
Amnesty International hears from journalists and bloggers across the world who face abuse and even imprisonment while trying to do their job.
Instead of putting an end to extrajudicial executions, the Nigeria Police Force is investigating a human rights official who spoke out on the issue.
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.
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.
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.
A workshop run by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists has been raided by Uganda's ethics minister.
Uganda's Parliament is urged to scrap the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill that has been re-introduced.
A court in Ethiopia has found four government critics and a former opposition supporter guilty of terrorism charges.
Amnesty International considers four men jailed for distributing anti-government T-shirts in the the Gambia to be prisoners of conscience.
Mass demonstrations over fuel price rises continue in Nigeria after the killing of at least one protester.
Three Zimbabwean human rights activists arrested this week are “prisoners of conscience".
Nigeria's Senate has passed a draconian bill that threatens basic human rights and criminalizes same-sex relationships.
The South African parliament has passed a controversial secrecy bill which will put severe limitations on free speech.