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

Regional News

from Africa

For Your Attention

18 November 2014
The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said.  »
28 August 2013

Video footage apparently showing Angolan prison guards and fire fighters repeatedly beating and whipping prisoners is shocking and must be investigated.

23 August 2013

Warring parties in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo must step up efforts to protect civilians from attacks.

15 August 2013

The Government of South Africa must ensure that the Commission of Inquiry into the killings at Marikana does not fail to deliver fair access to justice.

14 August 2013

Nigeria’s ratification of the landmark global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Tuesday is a welcome move that should pave the way for more African nations to get behind the treaty.

12 August 2013

New evidence from satellite images reveals the true extent of a forced eviction in Badia East, Lagos – one of Africa’s two megacities.

08 August 2013

The Ethiopian government must end its use of repressive tactics against demonstrators, following initial reports of widespread arrests of Muslim protestors during this morning’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

06 August 2013

Women activists in rural Zimbabwe tell Amnesty International they have been threatened with violence for refusing to reveal their vote to supporters of Robert Mugabe's party.

05 August 2013

The Public Order Management Bill which is likely to be passed by Uganda’s parliament tomorrow represents a serious blow to open political debate in the country.

30 July 2013

Attempts by the Kenyan government to water-down key reforms to regulate the country’s police force will allow human rights violations to continue and officers to act with impunity.

29 July 2013

The government of Cote d’Ivoire has failed to properly investigate evidence of human rights abuses linked to the killings at Nahibly displacement camp in the west of the country just over a year ago.

12 July 2013

A new Amnesty International report details how police have conducted systematic raids on offices, arbitrarily arrested activists and seized equipment.

09 July 2013

On 9 July South Sudan will celebrate two years of independence. Amnesty International's expert Khairunissa Dhala takes stock of the world’s newest nation.

08 July 2013

Secondary schools have been ordered to close across the north-eastern state of Yobe after an attack by an armed Islamist group left 30 dead.

05 July 2013

A new bill in the Gambia could impose lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines for criticising government officials on the internet.

28 June 2013

The son of a furniture maker on death row in Nigeria described his sence of despair at the news that his father may be put to death at any point from now on.

26 June 2013

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists from Uganda, Kenya and Cameroon, share their stories of discrimination and activism.

26 June 2013

An Amnesty International research mission in Mauritania found that police are using torture to coerce men, women and children to confess to crimes while in custody.

26 June 2013

A major fire that forced Shell to close its Trans Niger Pipeline in southern Nigeria raises serious questions about the way the oil giant is operating, Amnesty International and the Nigerian National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills said.

25 June 2013

Homophobic attacks and harassment across sub-Saharan Africa are becoming more visible, indicating that homophobia is reaching dangerous levels.

25 June 2013

A death row prisoner in Nigeria is due to be executed by firing squad later this week after prison authorities dragged him to the gallows where they hanged four other men on Monday night.

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