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19 August 2011

Five years since the toxic waste dumping disaster, Trafigura has paid millions in compensation payouts but thousands of victims have not received anything.

19 August 2011

Benin is about to abolish the death penalty, joining countries worldwide that have ratified a treaty to end capital punishment.

16 August 2011

Malawians taking part in anti-government protests set for 17 August are at risk of being killed or injured by police.

15 August 2011

Two men arrested on charges of homosexuality face risk of ill-treatment in Cameroonian prison.

05 August 2011

A new UN report on oil pollution in the Niger Delta says Shell's procedures for cleaning up spillages are inadequate.

04 August 2011

A report from the United Nations Environment Programme says contamination is widespread and severe, and that people have been exposed for decades.

28 July 2011

Head of the Bar Association Isidore Rufikiri and colleague Suzanne Bukuru detained amid an ongoing dispute with the government.

25 July 2011

At least 23 people have been killed by police after a bomb blast in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri

22 July 2011

Gambia has charged five activists, including including three journalists and an opposition politician, with treason.

22 July 2011

Gambia has charged five activists, including including three journalists and an opposition politician, with treason.

21 July 2011

Eight people have been shot by security forces and 44 others, including six children, are being treated for gunshot wounds.

20 July 2011

Two people have reportedly been killed and several journalists severly beaten by security forces as riots erupt across the country.

19 July 2011

Malawi's authorities have been intolerant of dissenting voices, making violent suppression of planned protests this week a real concern.

19 July 2011

A UN worker in Darfur is at risk of torture and ill-treatment after the Sudanese intelligence agency detained and charged him.

15 July 2011

Kenya and the international community should do more to assist Somali refugees in Kenya.

14 July 2011

Abuzar Al Amin, who completed a year's prison sentence on 3 July, is now held on two new charges brought against him by the security forces

14 July 2011

Government urged to investigate the arbitrary and unlawful killings carried out in response to bombings by the Islamist group, Boko Haram.

11 July 2011

A Supreme Court ruling has upheld a death sentence which, if carried out, would be the first execution in Nigeria since 2006.

09 July 2011

Former president Hissène Habré is to be returned to Chad, where he face the death penalty for allegedly planning to overthrow the government.


08 July 2011

As countries gather for talks on a global Arms Trade Treaty, evidence has emerged about arms shipments fueling violations in Southern Kordofan.

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