Gambia has charged five activists, including including three journalists and an opposition politician, with treason.
Eight people have been shot by security forces and 44 others, including six children, are being treated for gunshot wounds.
Two people have reportedly been killed and several journalists severly beaten by security forces as riots erupt across the country.
Malawi's authorities have been intolerant of dissenting voices, making violent suppression of planned protests this week a real concern.
Abuzar Al Amin, who completed a year's prison sentence on 3 July, is now held on two new charges brought against him by the security forces
Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.
As Amnesty International launches its annual report, we speak to five key human rights activists.
The bill, which would introduce the death penalty for some homosexual acts, is set to be debated and voted on this Friday.
Five people have been killed in Uganda since protests began on 11 April.
Nigerian military must refrain from using excessive force to quash demonstrations.
The Ugandan authorities must drop all criminal charges against several leading opposition figures temporarily detained today for taking part in protests in the capital Kampala.
Amnesty International expresses shock that at least 45 Zimbabwean activists have been charged with treason and could face the death penalty following their arrest at a lecture on the protests in North Africa.
Bernard Ntaganda has been given 4 years in prison for threatening state security and “divisionism”, based only on his speeches against government policies.
Amnesty International condemns the imprisonment of two Rwandan journalists who criticized president Paul Kagame ahead of last year’s elections.
Sixteen people, including nine staff members of the newspaper Al-Midan, were arrested by national security agents on Wednesday night.
Sudanese authorities have arrested at least 70 people at demonstrations inspired by those in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, with one death reported and scores injured.
David Kato, who had successfully sued a national newspaper which named him as being homosexual, died after he was attacked in his home.
More than 30 Angolan detainees still imprisoned in appalling conditions under a vague security law overturned last year must be released,
Amnesty International urges the governments of unity and of south Sudan to respect and protect human rights as the vote on southern independence takes place this weekend.
Sudanese activists Ali Agab and Abdel Monim Elgak, who were forced to flee their homes for defending human rights, tell Amnesty International about the challenges they face and what keeps them positive about the future.