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.
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.