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

Regional News

from Africa

For Your Attention

18 November 2014
The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said.  »
10 May 2013

A female lawyer in Sudan who was arrested on 4 May and whose whereabouts are still unknownis at risk of torture.

09 May 2013

Scores of parliamentarians, journalists, army officers and civilians have been arrested in Chad since the beginning of the month and many are being held without charged.

08 May 2013

The Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”.

07 May 2013

Serious human rights violations and denial of fundamental freedoms in Equatorial Guinea are casting a shadow over campaigning ahead of the 26 May, 2013 legislative elections.

30 April 2013

A draft law that includes new press-related crimes and exorbitant fines for journalists who violate them looks set to be signed off by Burundi's President.

25 April 2013

Two teachers have been deteined without charge for a week in the Republic of Congo in connection with a peaceful strike.

19 April 2013

In Swaziland, a newspaper editor was convicted on two counts of contempt of court for questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary.

18 April 2013

Social activist Amadou Janneh was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2012 for his work. While in prison, he met many people on death row, including the nine who were executed in August 2012. 

17 April 2013

The UN Security Council and African Union (AU) must take immediate action to halt indiscriminate attacks in Southern Kordofan.

03 April 2013

Refugees at Sudan's Shagarab camp are being kidnapped and trafficked to Egypt where they are held for ransom and horrifically abused.

02 April 2013

Over 118 more reportedly remain in arbitrary detention in connection with the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan conflicts.

28 March 2013

An Amnesty International briefing says that multiple large-scale attacks are being carried out against civilians in the worst instance of violence in years.

25 March 2013

A new Amnesty International report says Victoire Ingabire must be allowed an appeal that meets international fair trial standards after being convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison.

20 March 2013

A new Amnesty International report says that reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China continue to fuel grave human rights abuses in the country.

20 March 2013

Bosco Ntaganda, accused of human rights violations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has handed himself over to the US Embassy in Rwanda. Here are 10 facts about the DRC.

20 March 2013


Prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who was denied bail at a court appearance today must be immediately and unconditionally released.

19 March 2013

The US and Rwandan authorities must ensure that Bosco Ntaganda’s rights are protected pending his transfer to the ICC, where he can face a fair trial for war crimes.

08 March 2013

The alert issued by Zimbabwe police on state television implying that prominent human rights defender Jestina Mukoko was on the run from the law is a new low in the recent crackdown on dissent.

06 March 2013

No one knows the global arms trade’s devastating effects more vividly than those who live and work on the front lines of armed conflict and in areas ravaged by small arms violence. 

01 March 2013

Mozambican man’s death exposes violent police conduct in South Africa

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