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

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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.  »
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.

22 August 2011

Some 750 families in Angola's southern city of Lubango have been ordered to leave their homes to make way for a new road.

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.

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