Africa Human Rights

Amnesty International monitors and campaigns on all countries in Africa, where human rights abuses are occurring on a daily basis. Human rights defenders are often at risk of harm, sexual and gender-based violence is a regular phenomenon, and the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are often denied, to name just a few violations.

Amnesty International lobbies the US Government to take action on the following issues in particular:

  • Justice & Accountability: Human rights abuses, such as sexual and gender-based violence and crimes against humanity, often go unpunished in many countries. The US Government has a duty and an opportunity to support judicial sector reform in countries throughout Africa, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to support complementarily justice mechanisms, such as the International Criminal Court's investigations into atrocities committed in Darfur, Sudan.
  • Civilian Protection: Amnesty International encourages the US Government to support measures to protect civilians in situations of conflict, primarily through supporting UN Peacekeeping missions.
  • Extractives Industries: Amnesty International campaigns to support measures to end irresponsible business practices, such as gas flaring and oil spills in the Niger Delta, toxic waste dumping in Cote d'Ivoire, and the trade in conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Forced Evictions: Forced evictions and housing demolitions occur on a regular basis in many countries, such as in Chad, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. Amnesty International campaigns to bring to an end all illegal forced evictions and to ensure reparations for the victims.

Featured Issues and Campaigns

Eritrea's Forgotten Prisons, Exposed

Explore Amnesty's interactive map of suspected places of detention in Eritrea, a country that has endured 20 years of brutal repression.

The Worst Place to Be a Mother

With among the highest rates of maternal mortality, poverty, poor education and wartime violence, the Democratic Republic of Congo ranks dead last for mothers.

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