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22 November 2011

The South African parliament has passed a controversial secrecy bill which will put severe limitations on free speech.

21 November 2011

A proposed secrecy bill could have severe consequences for freedom of expression in South Africa, if it is passed by parliament today.

10 November 2011

A new report shows that Shell’s failure to promptly stop and clean up oil spills in Bodo has devastated the lives of tens of thousands.

08 November 2011

Two journalists are at risk of torture after being detained over an article criticizing South Sudan's president.

01 November 2011

A new report describes how Ugandan journalists, opposition politicians and activists are being targeted for criticizing the authorities.

17 October 2011

Five activists being held after a peaceful protest in Malawi's capital are prisoners of conscience.

13 October 2011

Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

13 October 2011

Al-Bashir is due in Malawi for a trade summit, despite warrants for his arrest on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

12 October 2011

Despite assurances that Bushra Rahma would be either charged or freed on 9 October, he continues to be held and remains on hunger strike.

30 September 2011

The dismissal of a high court judge in Swaziland sets an ominous precedent for other judges resisting government pressure on the judiciary.

28 September 2011

Three protesters have been killed during clashes between police and demonstrators at an oppostion rally in Conakry.

26 September 2011

Cameroon must release all individuals held under a discriminatory law that criminalizes consensual same-sex relations.

23 September 2011

Former LRA commander Thomas Kwoyelo, charged with 53 counts of murder, has been granted amnesty by a Ugandan court.

20 September 2011

In the wake of conflict in Libya, thousands of refugees have yet again been forced to flee. They are now stuck in limbo in Egypt and Tunisia.

16 September 2011

A prominent journalist and four senior opposition politicians have been arrested on accusations of terrorism-related activities.

15 September 2011

Eleven prominent Eritrean politicians have been held incommunicado without charge for 10 years.

12 September 2011

Chadian authorities are urged to release two students held for more than four months for allegedly supporting pro-reform protests.

12 September 2011

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.

31 August 2011

Two Ethiopian opposition leaders have been arrested and are being held in a detention centre well-known for using torture.

23 August 2011

Four Mauritanian anti-slavery campaigners have been given suspended sentences for protesting against the enslavement of a 10-year old girl.

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