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The state of the world's human rights

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21 April 2011

Five people have been killed in Uganda since protests began on 11 April.

18 April 2011

Nigerian military must refrain from using excessive force to quash demonstrations.

13 April 2011

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.

12 April 2011

Harsh prison conditions have exacerbated the health problems of a Cameroonian writer jailed for offending the President's wife.

12 April 2011

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.

11 April 2011

Authorities in Swaziland must ensure the safety of four activists who were detained last night in an apparent bid to disrupt planned protests marches.

11 April 2011

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.

06 April 2011

Hundreds of bodies found may never be identified and evidence of serious human rights violations could be lost unless experts carry out the exhumations.

01 April 2011

Abel Chikomo, director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, was on Wednesday charged with running an illegal organization.

01 April 2011

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.

31 March 2011

Violence has escalated as the Republican Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara advance in the west and centre of the country.

29 March 2011

A key human rights bill passed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan can help tackle abuses in the country.

29 March 2011

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.

18 March 2011

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

09 March 2011

Sudanese authorities urged to release more than 50 protesters detained in demonstrations inspired by those in North Africa.

09 March 2011

Kenyan authorities urged to ensure officials suspected of involvement in post-election violence co-operate with the ICC.

04 March 2011

Large parts of the country are now suffering from poor sanitation and disrupted medical facilities, according to information gathered by Amnesty International.

01 March 2011

Amnesty International urges authorities in Côte d'Ivoire to protect the population as tens of thousands of people were forced to flee heavy gunfire amid intensified fighting across the country.

25 February 2011

Amnesty International expresses shock that at least 45 Zimbabwean activists have been charged with treason and could face the death penalty following their arrest at a lecture on the protests in North Africa.

23 February 2011

Amnesty International urges authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up reforms to its justice system following the conviction of a military general for crimes against humanity.

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