West and Central Africa
Burkina Faso | Niger | Mali | Mauritania | Cape Verde | Senegal | Gambia | Guinea | Bissau | Guinea | Sierra Leone | Liberia | Ivory Coast | Ghana | Togo | Benin | Nigeria | Rwanda | Burundi | Democratic Republic of Congo | Gabon | Equatorial Guinea | Sao Tome | Cameroon | Congo-BrazzavilleArmed conflicts continue to bring widespread destruction to many parts of West and Central Africa. Refugees and internally displaced people face appalling conditions.
Killings, abductions and rape by government forces and armed opposition groups are widespread in armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.
The region faces severe economic conditions. Massive corruption and illegal exploitation of natural resources contributes to denying many their economic, social and cultural rights, in particular the rights to food, water, health, housing and education.
Gambia: Journalist held incommunicadoJournalist Ebrima B. Manneh was arrested in July 2006 and has been held incommunicado and without trial ever since.
Far from new, far from over - the crisis in Mali
Amputations as punishment, children forced to fight as soldiers, people arrested because of their ethnicity. For nearly a year, we have been documenting the long catalogue of abuses committed in Mali by the Malian military, the Junta government and the various armed opposition groups operating in the North of the country.
With the situation now hitting the world headlines, we've produced some new briefings to keep you informed:
Guinea: Soldiers held in an unlawful place of detention
Eleven soldiers, believed to have served under President Lansana Conté, are being held a place of detention known for ill treatment of prisoners. A twelfth has been injured in custody. Take action (PDF)
- Cameroon: Impunity underpins persistent abuse 29 January 2009
- Mauritania: Torture at the heart of the state 3 December 2009