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09 December 2011

Three Zimbabwean human rights activists arrested this week are “prisoners of conscience".

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29 November 2011

Nigeria's Senate has passed a draconian bill that threatens basic human rights and criminalizes same-sex relationships.

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22 November 2011

The South African parliament has passed a controversial secrecy bill which will put severe limitations on free speech.

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01 November 2011

A new report describes how Ugandan journalists, opposition politicians and activists are being targeted for criticizing the authorities.

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17 October 2011

Five activists being held after a peaceful protest in Malawi's capital are prisoners of conscience.

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13 October 2011

Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the 2011 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

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12 October 2011

Despite assurances that Bushra Rahma would be either charged or freed on 9 October, he continues to be held and remains on hunger strike.

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28 September 2011

Three protesters have been killed during clashes between police and demonstrators at an oppostion rally in Conakry.

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16 September 2011

A prominent journalist and four senior opposition politicians have been arrested on accusations of terrorism-related activities.

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15 September 2011

Eleven prominent Eritrean politicians have been held incommunicado without charge for 10 years.

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12 September 2011

The release of Al-Amin Kimathi, held for a year in connection with a bomb attack during the 2010 World Cup final, is long overdue.

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23 August 2011

Four Mauritanian anti-slavery campaigners have been given suspended sentences for protesting against the enslavement of a 10-year old girl.

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16 August 2011

Malawians taking part in anti-government protests set for 17 August are at risk of being killed or injured by police.

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22 July 2011

Gambia has charged five activists, including including three journalists and an opposition politician, with treason.

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22 July 2011

Gambia has charged five activists, including including three journalists and an opposition politician, with treason.

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21 July 2011

Eight people have been shot by security forces and 44 others, including six children, are being treated for gunshot wounds.

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20 July 2011

Two people have reportedly been killed and several journalists severly beaten by security forces as riots erupt across the country.

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19 July 2011

Malawi's authorities have been intolerant of dissenting voices, making violent suppression of planned protests this week a real concern.

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06 July 2011

An Angolan activist has been arbitrarily detained for more than two weeks, apparently in connection with an attack on the Togolese football team last year.

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13 May 2011

Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.

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