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

Regional News

from Africa

10 July 2014

The identities of some of those suspected of ordering or committing the atrocities that have been taking place in the Central African Republic have been made public in a new report today.

10 July 2014

The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said today, after the arrest of four more opposition party members this week, who are believed to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

08 July 2014

New evidence is emerging of ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both government and opposition forces in South Sudan, Amnesty International said as the country marks its third Independence Day.

08 July 2014

On 9 July, South Sudan will mark three years as an independent state. But the growing pains of the world’s newest country are evident as millions are trapped in a vicious cycle of violence. Here're some of the problems facing South Sudan today.

05 July 2014

The Congolese authorities and the International Criminal Court must do everything in their power to ensure that three men due to be returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend do not face the death penalty, torture or other serious human rights violations.

 

03 July 2014

Today’s court decision to acquit two Zambian men accused of having consensual sex with each other because the case had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt is the right decision for the wrong reasons, Amnesty International said today. 

 

01 July 2014

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights.

25 June 2014

Attacks on civilian areas, including indiscriminate aerial bombardments by Sudan’s government forces, have resulted in increased destruction in Southern Kordofan.

25 June 2014

The Sudanese government should charge or release recently detained political activists and investigate all allegations that they have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

23 June 2014

Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today. 

 

20 June 2014

Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, even before it becomes operational.

20 June 2014

A landmark UK court ruling paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International said today.

12 June 2014

Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address.

10 June 2014

Today’s court decision against the Nigerian security forces who  indiscriminately opened fire on peaceful protesters in Bundu Ama almost five years ago is a victory against impunity and a triumph for justice.

30 May 2014

Rights to land are being sold from beneath the feet of rural communities in mining areas as the government of Senegal grants concessions to mining companies without safeguarding human rights.

30 May 2014

The protracted detention of two Zambian men accused of having sex is an affront to all who believe in fundamental human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

29 May 2014

A Mexican woman is raped on a police bus; a Nigerian man still suffers from migraines four years after police repeatedly banged his head against a concrete wall; a woman from the Philippines still has flashbacks of the moment a soldier poured hot candle wax over her skin. 

27 May 2014

Kenya’s Somali community is being scapegoated in a counter-terror operation which has seen thousands subjected to arbitrary arrest, harassment, extortion, ill-treatment, forcible relocation and expulsion.

23 May 2014

The interim president of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, must ensure that changes in the makeup of the government do not result in a situation where people suspected of crimes under international law may use government roles to enjoy impunity. 

22 May 2014

Legislation restricting internationally recognized human rights is still in place in Zimbabwe, one year after the new Constitution was signed into law promising improved civil liberties for all, Amnesty International said today. 

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