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

Regional News

from Africa

13 June 2013

Southern African leaders are urged to ensure human rights are prioritized in the run-up to elections in Zimbabwe, ahead of a key summit on the country.

11 June 2013

New satellite imagery and eyewitness testimonies from rebel-held areas in Sudan’s Blue Nile State show that Sudanese military forces have resorted to brutal scorched earth tactics to drive out the civilian population.

07 June 2013

A new briefing explores continuing human rights abuses in Mali five months on from the French army’s intervention in the country.

05 June 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria  should not sign into law a draconian new bill that would formalize discrimination against LGBTI people and have wide-ranging effects on civil liberties in the country.

02 June 2013

Kidane Isaac was 18 years old when he was detained as he attempted to flee Eritrea to escape indefinite conscription to national service. For six months, he was held in various detention centres where he was tortured.

30 May 2013

Patrick Young, founder of “Theatre for a Change”, a non-governmental organization that uses participatory theatre techniques to empower women and men to effect change and demand their sexual and reproductive rights, talks about the importance of human rights education.

30 May 2013

Amnesty International is teaming up with local human rights organizations across Africa to deliver human rights education workshops that are changing lives.

29 May 2013

Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to repel desperate crowds outside a Cape Town refugee office.

24 May 2013

Ugandan authorities must end an attack on freedom of expression that has left several media outlets shut by security forces, Amnesty International said.

24 May 2013

The African Union must reject Kenya’s attempts to shield its leaders from being held to account for the human rights violations that took place in Kenya in 2007-2008.

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

22 May 2013

Zimbabwe's new constitution presents a golden opportunity for the country to break away from a culture of impunity for human rights violations, Amnesty International says.

22 May 2013

Nigerian authorities must not use the state of emergency imposed in the north of the country as an excuse to commit human rights violations, Amnesty International urges.

17 May 2013

On 17 May, to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), Amnesty International supporters worldwide will take action to highlight the human rights situation of LGBTI people around the world.

15 May 2013

Forcibly returning people to a volatile security situation in Somalia would violate international law.

15 May 2013

At least nine activists who were trying to organize a peaceful demonstration in Equatorial Guinea were arrested as authorities are determined to clamp down on free speech ahead of up-coming elections.

14 May 2013

A Gambian activist detained by the authorities after peacefully expressing his views has been released – but there is still no news about a journalist missing for seven years

10 May 2013

A female lawyer in Sudan who was arrested on 4 May and whose whereabouts are still unknownis at risk of torture.

09 May 2013

Scores of parliamentarians, journalists, army officers and civilians have been arrested in Chad since the beginning of the month and many are being held without charged.

08 May 2013

The Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”.

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