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

Regional News

from Africa

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”.

07 May 2013

Serious human rights violations and denial of fundamental freedoms in Equatorial Guinea are casting a shadow over campaigning ahead of the 26 May, 2013 legislative elections.

30 April 2013

A draft law that includes new press-related crimes and exorbitant fines for journalists who violate them looks set to be signed off by Burundi's President.

25 April 2013

Two teachers have been deteined without charge for a week in the Republic of Congo in connection with a peaceful strike.

19 April 2013

In Swaziland, a newspaper editor was convicted on two counts of contempt of court for questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary.

18 April 2013

Social activist Amadou Janneh was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2012 for his work. While in prison, he met many people on death row, including the nine who were executed in August 2012. 

17 April 2013

The UN Security Council and African Union (AU) must take immediate action to halt indiscriminate attacks in Southern Kordofan.

03 April 2013

Refugees at Sudan's Shagarab camp are being kidnapped and trafficked to Egypt where they are held for ransom and horrifically abused.

02 April 2013

Over 118 more reportedly remain in arbitrary detention in connection with the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan conflicts.

28 March 2013

An Amnesty International briefing says that multiple large-scale attacks are being carried out against civilians in the worst instance of violence in years.

25 March 2013

A new Amnesty International report says Victoire Ingabire must be allowed an appeal that meets international fair trial standards after being convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison.

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.

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