One young male protester and an elderly female bystander were shot dead when the gendarmerie opened fire on a crowd.
A court in Ethiopia has found four government critics and a former opposition supporter guilty of terrorism charges.
Amnesty International considers four men jailed for distributing anti-government T-shirts in the the Gambia to be prisoners of conscience.
Mass demonstrations over fuel price rises continue in Nigeria after the killing of at least one protester.
A Dutch court has upheld a guilty verdict against multinational company Trafigura for the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Cote d'Ivoire.
A Dutch court has upheld a guilty verdict against Trafigura for illegally exporting toxic waste to Cote d'Ivoire.
Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were found guilty of ‘Supporting Terrorism’ and ‘Violation of the Territorial or Political Sovereignty’ of Ethiopia.
Virtually the entire population of Abyei remains displaced by ongoing fighting between factions in Sudan and South Sudan.
Virtually the entire population of Abyei was displaced by violence earlier this year and ongoing insecurity has prevented their return.
Members of the opposition in the DRC have been targeted in dozens of politically motivated arrests by the security forces since elections last month.
Three Zimbabwean human rights activists arrested this week are “prisoners of conscience".
Nigeria's Senate has passed a draconian bill that threatens basic human rights and criminalizes same-sex relationships.
A Cameroonian court has sentenced three men to five years in prison for alleged homosexuality.
The South African parliament has passed a controversial secrecy bill which will put severe limitations on free speech.
A proposed secrecy bill could have severe consequences for freedom of expression in South Africa, if it is passed by parliament today.
A new report shows that Shell’s failure to promptly stop and clean up oil spills in Bodo has devastated the lives of tens of thousands.
Two journalists are at risk of torture after being detained over an article criticizing South Sudan's president.
A new report describes how Ugandan journalists, opposition politicians and activists are being targeted for criticizing the authorities.
Five activists being held after a peaceful protest in Malawi's capital are prisoners of conscience.
Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.