David Kato, who had successfully sued a national newspaper which named him as being homosexual, died after he was attacked in his home.
More than 30 Angolan detainees still imprisoned in appalling conditions under a vague security law overturned last year must be released,
Amnesty International urges the governments of unity and of south Sudan to respect and protect human rights as the vote on southern independence takes place this weekend.
Sudanese activists Ali Agab and Abdel Monim Elgak, who were forced to flee their homes for defending human rights, tell Amnesty International about the challenges they face and what keeps them positive about the future.
Eyewitnesses have told Amnesty International that abductions, disappearances and physical abuse are increasing as post-election violence escalates in Côte d’Ivoire.
Charges have been dropped against Ellen Chademana, an employee at the NGO Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe.
At least 20 people have been shot dead in violent incidents following the country's presidential elections.
Several people have died and over 50 people have been arbitrarily detained as military and police use excessive force as part of a post-election crackdown.
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.
Eight men and women, some of whom are thought to have been monitoring the human rights situation in Darfur, are said to have been detained by the security forces in Khartoum.
Farai Maguwu was charged with "publishing or communicating false information prejudicial to the state" after he reportedly told a diamond trade monitor about abuses carried out in Marange.
Birtukan Mideksa, head of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, was freed after serving 21 months of a life sentence.
Nearly 50 people were arrested when police broke up a meeting organized by a broad coalition of groups campaigning for political change in the country.
Up to six people, including two children, were reportedly killed in the capital Maputo on Wednesday during clashes between police and demonstrators.
Amnesty International calls on the government to ensure presidential election is held in an atmosphere where Rwandans can freely express their views.
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.
Politicians urged not to incite ethnic hatred or violence and for the security forces to protect the population from abuses ahead of this week's poll.
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.
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.
Farai Maguwu was detained for five weeks after he exposed human rights violations in the country's Marange diamond fields.