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

Regional News

from Africa

20 March 2013

A new Amnesty International report says that reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China continue to fuel grave human rights abuses in the country.

20 March 2013

Bosco Ntaganda, accused of human rights violations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has handed himself over to the US Embassy in Rwanda. Here are 10 facts about the DRC.

20 March 2013


Prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who was denied bail at a court appearance today must be immediately and unconditionally released.

19 March 2013

The US and Rwandan authorities must ensure that Bosco Ntaganda’s rights are protected pending his transfer to the ICC, where he can face a fair trial for war crimes.

08 March 2013

The alert issued by Zimbabwe police on state television implying that prominent human rights defender Jestina Mukoko was on the run from the law is a new low in the recent crackdown on dissent.

06 March 2013

No one knows the global arms trade’s devastating effects more vividly than those who live and work on the front lines of armed conflict and in areas ravaged by small arms violence. 

01 March 2013

Mozambican man’s death exposes violent police conduct in South Africa

28 February 2013

Cell phone footage apparently showing South African police tying a Mozambican man to the back of a police vehicle and dragging him down the road are “shocking”

26 February 2013

A repressive cycle of widespread human rights violations by the armed forces is making reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire ever more elusive.

20 February 2013

Tensions are spiraling in South Sudan’s western Bahr El Ghazal state following a series of arrests by the state authorities and a security clampdown that has left 24 dead and more than 60 injured.

15 February 2013

Sudanese authorities must halt the execution of a Darfuri activist whose sentence was changed from 10 years' imprisonment to death, Amnesty International has urged.

14 February 2013

Angola must not send to the Democratic Republic of Congo nine detainees held on charges in connection with allegedly attempting to destabilise the government there.

14 February 2013

More attacks by the police on Zimbabwean human rights defenders cast doubt on the country’s ability to hold a credible constitutional referendum and election this year

11 February 2013

Halting the use of child soldiers in conflicts is just one of a series of compelling reasons for states to adopt a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

08 February 2013

The appointment of a new hangman raises fears that the country may be preparing to start executions again after a seven year hiatus.

04 February 2013

Poor people and street children are being unlawfully killed with impunity by police, with bodies found dumped in piles in state mortuaries.

01 February 2013

A new Amnesty International media briefing says the Malian army and Islamist armed groups have committed of serious human rights abuses.

30 January 2013

Amnesty International's new report says delays in implementing new laws on policing may lead to a repeat of 2007's post-election violence.

30 January 2013

Reports that security forces took part in the January attacks that left up to 200 people dead near a goldmine must urgently be investigated.

24 January 2013

A new Amnesty International report says unlawful killings, torture and other abuses are being used to clamp down on political opponents and activists.

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