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.
A new report describes how Ugandan journalists, opposition politicians and activists are being targeted for criticizing the authorities.
Five activists being held after a peaceful protest in Malawi's capital are prisoners of conscience.
Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.
Despite assurances that Bushra Rahma would be either charged or freed on 9 October, he continues to be held and remains on hunger strike.
Three protesters have been killed during clashes between police and demonstrators at an oppostion rally in Conakry.
A prominent journalist and four senior opposition politicians have been arrested on accusations of terrorism-related activities.
Eleven prominent Eritrean politicians have been held incommunicado without charge for 10 years.
The release of Al-Amin Kimathi, held for a year in connection with a bomb attack during the 2010 World Cup final, is long overdue.