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

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from Africa

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20 January 2015
Gambian authorities should either charge or release family members of people suspected to be involved in December’s alleged failed coup, and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Amnesty International said today. »
31 January 2012

Authorities urged stop the ill-treatment of about 60 Somalis and six Eritreans who had been on hunger strike in protest against their illegal detention.

30 January 2012

The international community must call on the Somali authorities to end impunity after the latest killing of a reporter in Mogadishu.

30 January 2012

One young male protester and an elderly female bystander were shot dead when the gendarmerie opened fire on a crowd.

19 January 2012

A court in Ethiopia has found four government critics and a former opposition supporter guilty of terrorism charges.

18 January 2012

Amnesty International considers four men jailed for distributing anti-government T-shirts in the the Gambia to be prisoners of conscience.

04 January 2012

Mass demonstrations over fuel price rises continue in Nigeria after the killing of at least one protester.

23 December 2011

A Dutch court has upheld a guilty verdict against multinational company Trafigura for the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Cote d'Ivoire.

23 December 2011

A Dutch court has upheld a guilty verdict against Trafigura for illegally exporting toxic waste to Cote d'Ivoire.

21 December 2011

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were found guilty of ‘Supporting Terrorism’ and ‘Violation of the Territorial or Political Sovereignty’ of Ethiopia.

20 December 2011

Virtually the entire population of Abyei remains displaced by ongoing fighting between factions in Sudan and South Sudan.

20 December 2011

Virtually the entire population of Abyei was displaced by violence earlier this year and ongoing insecurity has prevented their return.

19 December 2011

Members of the opposition in the DRC have been targeted in dozens of politically motivated arrests by the security forces since elections last month.

09 December 2011

Three Zimbabwean human rights activists arrested this week are “prisoners of conscience".

29 November 2011

Nigeria's Senate has passed a draconian bill that threatens basic human rights and criminalizes same-sex relationships.

24 November 2011

A Cameroonian court has sentenced three men to five years in prison for alleged homosexuality.

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.

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