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

Regional News

from Africa

14 April 2010

It is feared that the young men, who disappeared from Swift Operation Squad detention in Port Harcourt a year ago, were extrajudicially executed.

10 April 2010

Activists from 18 countries call on Sudanese parties to ensure that the elections do not become a flashpoint for increased violence and human rights abuses.

09 April 2010

Members of human rights organization Social Action were stopped and detained earlier this month after leaving their office.

31 March 2010

Artist Owen Maseko was arrested after participating in a show depicting atrocities that took place in the Matabeleland region in the 1980s.

25 March 2010

Clear patterns of abuse have emerged during the latest cycle of violence, which began when armed opposition groups launched a major offensive against the government last May.

22 March 2010

Amnesty International calls on the Malawian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release two men, after a judge ruled that they will face trial in April on charges of “gross indecency”.

19 March 2010

An increase in harassment, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and other ill-treatment by security forces is anticipated ahead of April's elections.

15 March 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Gambian government to immediately charge or release all former government officials detained during a wave of arrests over the past week.

12 March 2010

Amnesty International has called for the promised investigation into the alleged killing by Kenyan police of seven men to be impartial, independent and for the results to be made public.

05 March 2010

As attacks on the civilian population and humanitarian agencies continue, the government has requested that MONUC, the UN peacekeeping mission, withdraws from the country by June 2011.

25 February 2010

Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.

25 February 2010

Unrest across the country is linked to calls from supporters of President Gbagbo, for tens of thousands of "foreigners" to be excluded from the electoral roll.

24 February 2010

Gertrude Hambira fled after five men and one women who identified themselves as officers from the Criminal Investigation Department raided her office.

23 February 2010

Radio correspondent Ali Yusuf Adan was taken after the broadcast of a report alleging that the armed group had killed a man in the Wanleweyn district.

18 February 2010
Amnesty International has urged the country's president, Paul Kagame, to show commitment to freedom of expression following an attack on on two members of United Democratic Forces.
15 February 2010
A deal agreed between lawyers representing victims of the Trafigura toxic waste disaster and a group trying to secure control of the $45 million compensation fund is open to serious abuse.
12 February 2010

Blaise Compaoré expressed his commitment to emergency obstetric care and access to family planning to delegation led by interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone.

11 February 2010
Hundreds of thousands could become vulnerable to increased attacks after the government has insisted that the peacekeeping mission leaves the country when its mandate expires in March.
10 February 2010
Torture, harassment and politically motivated prosecutions of human rights activists and perceived opponents have persisted since the government's formation a year ago.
03 February 2010
Those affected by the 2006 disaster in Côte d'Ivoire, have told of their anxious wait to see if they will get any of the $45 million compensation owed to them.
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