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

Regional News

from Africa

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20 January 2015
Gambian authorities should either charge or release family members of people suspected to be involved in December’s alleged failed coup, and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Amnesty International said today. »
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.

24 June 2013

A court in Nigeria allowed the execution by hanging of three men to proceed and the Governor of Edo state signed the execution warrants of two others.

19 June 2013

A new report examines the human rights impact of Chinese mining companies operating in the south-eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

14 June 2013

Children in Mali who were recruited as child soldiers by armed groups or suspected of links with them, are being detained alongside adults, where some say they’ve been tortured, Amnesty International said after returning from the country.

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.

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