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

Regional News

from Africa

28 May 2012

Nigerian trade union leader Osmond Ugwu was detained in October 2011 and jailed for three months on trumped-up charges.

25 May 2012

It has been a particularly tough year for human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa, says Zimbabwean activist Jenni Williams.

25 May 2012

Activists from around the globe share their stories from the frontline of defending human rights.

24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

24 May 2012

An attack on a group of youth activists in Luanda highlights the ongoing threats human rights defenders in Angola face.

16 May 2012

Fighting in northern Mali has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and led to dozens of human rights violations.

16 May 2012

Discrimination and persecution against individuals because of their sexual orientation is increasing across sub-Saharan Africa.

15 May 2012

Independent media in Sudan is facing continous harrassment from the authorities, with arrests of journalists and national newspapers seized.

03 May 2012

An Amnesty International briefing released on World Press Freedom Day explores how the authorities in Sudan censor journalists.

02 May 2012

Violent clashes in the North Kivu region of DR Congo have caused at least three deaths and prompted thousands of civilians to flee the area.

01 May 2012

Amnesty International hears from journalists and bloggers across the world who face abuse and even imprisonment while trying to do their job.

26 April 2012

Today's Hague verdict for former Liberian leader Charles Taylor is a reminder that no high-ranking state official can evade justice.

26 April 2012

Charles Taylor's conviction is a milestone, but in Sierra Leone, thousands are yet to see their perpetrators brought to justice. 

25 April 2012

Ghana's prisons are rundown, overcrowded and in need of urgent reform, a new Amnesty International report reveals.

24 April 2012

An radio project in Ghana and Kenya aims to challenge public perceptions of people living in slums and give inhabitants a platform to tell their stories

23 April 2012

A major oil spill in the Niger Delta was far worse than Shell previously admitted, a new independent assessment reveals.

19 April 2012

Amnesty International is calling on the DRC to arrest Bosco Ntaganda and hand him over to the ICC to face trial without further delay.

18 April 2012

At least eight key political figures and military officials in Mali have been arbitrarily detained by armed men, and are being held incommunicado.

17 April 2012

Growing restrictions on human rights are fuelling fear and insecurity in the wake of the military coup in Guinea-Bissau.

13 April 2012

Instead of putting an end to extrajudicial executions, the Nigeria Police Force is investigating a human rights official who spoke out on the issue.

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