The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York are an acid test for political leaders to agree rules leading to the end of irresponsible arms transfers.
A new Amnesty International reports says weapons from China, Sudan and Ukraine is fuelling violence in South Sudan, costing scores of lives.
Ethiopia has convicted 24 government opponents, among them top journalist Eskinder Nega, on trumped-up terrorism and treason charges
Protests over austerity cuts in Sudan have prompted scores of arrests of activists as well as harrassment of journalists.
The arrests in South Africa of members of a police unit linked to unlawful killings and torture is a breakthrough in fighting impunity for human rights violations.
Senegal's new government must safeguard human rights by addressing the rampant impunity which undermines the judicial system and the rule of law.
Police have raided a human rights workshop attended by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Kampala.
Arms supplies to the DRC continue to fuel unlawful killings, rape, looting and abductions.
A new Amnesty International report documents how a steady flow of arms supplies to the DR Congo enable serious human rights violations.
The humanitarian crisis is worsening for half a million people displaced by fighting in Sudan and tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan.
Nigerian trade union leader Osmond Ugwu was detained in October 2011 and jailed for three months on trumped-up charges.
It has been a particularly tough year for human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa, says Zimbabwean activist Jenni Williams.
Activists from around the globe share their stories from the frontline of defending human rights.
Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.
An attack on a group of youth activists in Luanda highlights the ongoing threats human rights defenders in Angola face.
Fighting in northern Mali has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and led to dozens of human rights violations.
Discrimination and persecution against individuals because of their sexual orientation is increasing across sub-Saharan Africa.
Independent media in Sudan is facing continous harrassment from the authorities, with arrests of journalists and national newspapers seized.
An Amnesty International briefing released on World Press Freedom Day explores how the authorities in Sudan censor journalists.
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.