The South African parliament has passed a controversial secrecy bill which will put severe limitations on free speech.
A proposed secrecy bill could have severe consequences for freedom of expression in South Africa, if it is passed by parliament today.
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.
Two journalists are at risk of torture after being detained over an article criticizing South Sudan's president.
A new report describes how Ugandan journalists, opposition politicians and activists are being targeted for criticizing the authorities.
Five activists being held after a peaceful protest in Malawi's capital are prisoners of conscience.
Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.
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.
Despite assurances that Bushra Rahma would be either charged or freed on 9 October, he continues to be held and remains on hunger strike.
The dismissal of a high court judge in Swaziland sets an ominous precedent for other judges resisting government pressure on the judiciary.
Three protesters have been killed during clashes between police and demonstrators at an oppostion rally in Conakry.
Cameroon must release all individuals held under a discriminatory law that criminalizes consensual same-sex relations.
Former LRA commander Thomas Kwoyelo, charged with 53 counts of murder, has been granted amnesty by a Ugandan court.
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.
A prominent journalist and four senior opposition politicians have been arrested on accusations of terrorism-related activities.
Eleven prominent Eritrean politicians have been held incommunicado without charge for 10 years.
Chadian authorities are urged to release two students held for more than four months for allegedly supporting pro-reform protests.
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.
Two Ethiopian opposition leaders have been arrested and are being held in a detention centre well-known for using torture.
Four Mauritanian anti-slavery campaigners have been given suspended sentences for protesting against the enslavement of a 10-year old girl.