Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.
Ugandan MPs had been set to debate the bill today, which could allow the death penalty for homosexual acts in some cases.
As Amnesty International launches its annual report, we speak to five key human rights activists.
The bill, which would introduce the death penalty for some homosexual acts, is set to be debated and voted on this Friday.
A leading Ugandan activist has won the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.
Five people have been killed in Uganda since protests began on 11 April.
Nigerian military must refrain from using excessive force to quash demonstrations.
UN urged to protect thousands who are hiding in the bush in life threatening conditions without proper food or sanitation and to help them return home.
Harsh prison conditions have exacerbated the health problems of a Cameroonian writer jailed for offending the President's wife.
Perceived supporters of former Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo are at risk of violent reprisals despite President Alassane Outtara’s call for Ivorians to abstain from violence.
Authorities in Swaziland must ensure the safety of four activists who were detained last night in an apparent bid to disrupt planned protests marches.
The Ugandan authorities must drop all criminal charges against several leading opposition figures temporarily detained today for taking part in protests in the capital Kampala.
Hundreds of bodies found may never be identified and evidence of serious human rights violations could be lost unless experts carry out the exhumations.
Abel Chikomo, director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, was on Wednesday charged with running an illegal organization.
On the eve of national polls, Nigerian politicians must rein in their supporters to put a stop to election violence that has killed at least 20.
Violence has escalated as the Republican Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara advance in the west and centre of the country.
A key human rights bill passed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan can help tackle abuses in the country.
As many as 10,000 displaced civilians are sheltering in a Catholic Mission in the town of Duékoué amid fierce fighting, 3km from the UN forces' camp.
At least 20 people were killed and around 60 injured when forces loyal to the outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo fired shells into an Abidjan market
Sudanese authorities urged to release more than 50 protesters detained in demonstrations inspired by those in North Africa.