Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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11 April 2014

There are mounting fears over the fate of  a man who went missing 11 days ago after tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break in Abuja, Amnesty International said today as joined a twitter action on his behalf.

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18 March 2014

Today’s unlawful detention of a respected magazine editor and human rights lawyer for their criticism of the judiciary in Swaziland is another shocking example of the southern African kingdom’s intolerance of freedom of expression.

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11 March 2014

The Sudanese security forces must immediately stop the use of excessive and unlawful force against protesters, Amnesty International said today, after a student died of gunshot wounds sustained during a demonstration at the University of Khartoum.

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15 January 2014

Nigeria must immediately release the more than 10 people already arrested under a deeply oppressive new law that runs roughshod over a range of human rights.

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18 December 2013

The sedition convictions against three opposition party members in Gambia must be quashed and the authorities must release them immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

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16 December 2013

In 2012, Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega was jailed for “terrorism” after giving speeches and writing articles criticizing the government and supporting free speech.

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13 November 2013

A series of amendments to a bill regulating the work of non-governmental organizations in Kenya will, if passed, dramatically undermine freedom of expression and human rights in the country.

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29 October 2013

The Sierra Leone parliament’s passage of a freedom of information law is a major step to ensure greater government transparency, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.

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24 October 2013

Killings, enforced disappearances, illegal detention and arbitrary arrests of critics of the government are far too frequent in Chad and must come to an end.

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24 October 2013

The Sierra Leonean authorities must drop all charges against editors for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today.

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22 October 2013

Sedition charges must be dropped against three political opponents in The Gambia to make way for their immediate release, Amnesty International said, pointing to allegations the three men were tortured to “confess” on national TV.

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02 October 2013

Reports that Sudan’s security forces have arrested at least 800 activists, members of opposition parties, journalists, and others amid ongoing anti-government protests mark a shocking escalation of the crackdown on dissent.

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17 September 2013

The postponement of the trial against two Zambian men charged with same-sex sexual conduct whilst they continue to languish in prison is compounding their suffering

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05 August 2013

The Public Order Management Bill which is likely to be passed by Uganda’s parliament tomorrow represents a serious blow to open political debate in the country.

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12 July 2013

A new Amnesty International report details how police have conducted systematic raids on offices, arbitrarily arrested activists and seized equipment.

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05 July 2013

A new bill in the Gambia could impose lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines for criticising government officials on the internet.

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13 June 2013

Southern African leaders are urged to ensure human rights are prioritized in the run-up to elections in Zimbabwe, ahead of a key summit on the country.

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05 June 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria  should not sign into law a draconian new bill that would formalize discrimination against LGBTI people and have wide-ranging effects on civil liberties in the country.

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24 May 2013

Ugandan authorities must end an attack on freedom of expression that has left several media outlets shut by security forces, Amnesty International said.

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23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

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