Amnesty International warns that the population could be caught up between the fighting on both sides, after some of the worst clashes so far between armed civilians and the security forces.
At least 20 people have been shot dead in violent incidents following the country's presidential elections.
Eyewitnesses give accounts of the armed attack on the offices of presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara which left at least four dead and several wounded.
Clemence Bakatuseka, who works on behalf of victims of sexual violence, says police demanded a 'protection fee' to help her after she was attacked by armed men at her home last month.
A UN mapping report documenting gross human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a significant first step but concrete action is needed to bring perpetrators to justice.
Amnesty International has called for the release of four Angolan human rights activists unlawfully jailed in connection with an attack on the Togolese football team in Cabinda that left two people dead and several injured.
Joseph Dunia Ruyenzi is one of hundreds of human rights activists in the country who face arrest, harassment, threats and even death over their work.
Pascal Kabungulu was killed five years ago by a group of armed men who broke into his house and shot him dead in front of his family.
At least 64 people were killed when bombs exploded in an Ethiopian restaurant and a rugby club in the capital Kampala.
Amnesty International's annual assessment of the state of the world's human rights, details abuses in 159 countries and shows how power politics are worsening the situation.
An imminent UN Security Council resolution to withdraw peacekeeping troops from eastern Chad will put the safety of thousands of refugees and other vulnerable groups at risk.
Alin Hilowle Hassan, director of Isha, a human rights organization in the Bay and Bakool region of southern Somalia, was captured at his home in Baidoa.
Clear patterns of abuse have emerged during the latest cycle of violence, which began when armed opposition groups launched a major offensive against the government last May.
As attacks on the civilian population and humanitarian agencies continue, the government has requested that MONUC, the UN peacekeeping mission, withdraws from the country by June 2011.
Unrest across the country is linked to calls from supporters of President Gbagbo, for tens of thousands of "foreigners" to be excluded from the electoral roll.
Gertrude Hambira fled after five men and one women who identified themselves as officers from the Criminal Investigation Department raided her office.
Radio correspondent Ali Yusuf Adan was taken after the broadcast of a report alleging that the armed group had killed a man in the Wanleweyn district.