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10 Dec 2018 description

The “third struggle” for freedom in Africa

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948, much of Africa was still in its first struggle for liberation from colonial rule. Only three African countries were present at the UN for the vote: Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa. Apartheid South Africa abstained.

02 Nov 2018 description

Sudanese authorities have this year been unrelenting in their quest to silence independent media by arresting and harassing journalists, and censoring both print and broadcast media, Amnesty International said today.

11 Sep 2018 description


Amnesty International submits this briefing to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee) ahead of its examination, in September 2018, of Sudan’s fifth periodic report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant or ICCPR). The submission highlights Amnesty International’s concerns in Sudan in relation to several questions on the Committee’s List of Issues to be taken up in connection with its consideration of the state report.

05 Sep 2018 description

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, Switzerland

Ref: AFR 54/9034/2018

4 September 2018



29 Jun 2018 description

Ahead of a critical vote at the UN Security Council on 30 June that will consider the restructuring and downsizing of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Amnesty International is releasing exclusive satellite and photo images showing extensive damage caused by ongoing attacks on villages in the region.

23 May 2018 description

Amnesty International has called for an immediate investigation into a deadly attack by a pro-government militia on an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Central Darfur, in which one woman was shot dead and at least 10 people injured.

17 May 2018 description

Plus de cent Soudanais arrêtés au Niger risquent de subir de graves abus, notamment d'être détenus de façon illégale et dans des conditions très éprouvantes et soumis à la torture et à d'autres formes de mauvais traitements, souvent à des fins d'extorsion, à la suite de leur renvoi en Libye la semaine dernière, a déclaré Amnesty International.

15 May 2018 description

62nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Agenda Item 8: Activity Report of the Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Africa

Chairperson and Honourable Commissioners,

Amnesty International welcomes this opportunity to address the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the topic of migration.

14 May 2018 description

More than a hundred Sudanese nationals arrested in Niger are at risk of serious abuses including unlawful detention in harsh conditions, torture and other forms of ill-treatment, often for the purpose of extortion, after they were deported back to Libya last week, said Amnesty International.

The group of around 145 people - including women and children – had fled Libya because of the brutal conditions they endured there, and had been living in a displacement camp in the Nigerien city of Agadez where they hoped to claim asylum.

14 Apr 2018 description

Israel has continued to deport Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers to Uganda until at least January 2018, Amnesty International revealed today, despite statements by the Ugandan government that no agreement had been in place with Israel to receive them. New research by the organization shows that, once in Uganda, deported asylum seekers have not received papers, are without legal protection and remain vulnerable to exploitation, despite written assurances from Israel they would be protected.

09 Apr 2018 description

Sudan signed the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in 1986, but more than 30 years later, it is yet to ratify the Convention despite repeated government commitment to do so.

27 Mar 2018 description

Israel’s policy of deporting African asylum-seekers to two unnamed African countries is an abdication of its responsibility to refugees and an example of the vicious political measures feeding the “global refugee crisis”, Amnesty International said today as the Israeli Supreme Court considers new evidence on the legality of the policy. 

02 Feb 2018 description

Responding to news the joint AU and UN peacekeeping mission to Darfur (UNAMID) has signed an agreement with the Sudanese government to open a temporary base in Darfur's Jebel Marra area, the site of documented chemical attacks against civilians among other atrocities, Amnesty International's Crisis Response Director Tirana Hassan said:

21 Sep 2017 description

The Government of Sudan’s long record of stifling dissent continued in late 2016 and early 2017. Between October 2016 and April 2017, at least 77 people were subjected to arbitrary arrests and detention in Sudan. These opposition political activists and human rights defenders are routinely subjected to torture and other ill-treatment and detained for long period without charges solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

30 Jun 2017 description


At the 29th ordinary session scheduled to take place from 3-4 July 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union (AU) Assembly should outline clear and tangible measures for addressing impunity for gross violations and abuses of international human rights and crimes under international law by parties to conflicts in Africa.

20 Apr 2017 description


The nature and intensity of conflicts and crises in Africa vary considerably. However, they are generally characterized by gross human rights violations, including acts that constitute crimes under international law.

05 Apr 2017 description

The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said Amnesty International today ahead of the airing of a film detailing their harrowing six-week ordeal.

21 Mar 2017 description
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By Ahmed Elzobier

Three Sudanese human rights defenders were released from jail on 6 March after paying a fine of 50,000 Sudanese Pounds (about 7,700 US dollars) each.

Khalafalla Al-Afif Mukhtar, Midhat A. Hamdan and Mustafa Adam had been sentenced to one year in jail and a fine, but were released after nine months on time served after paying the exorbitant fines. The crimes they were found guilty of? Two of them were convicted of dissemination of false information and one for espionage.

17 Mar 2017 description

Sudan’s appointment to the vice-chairmanship of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) despite credible evidence that it used chemical agents against the population in the Jebel Mara region of Darfur is a slap in the face for victims, said Amnesty International today.