'Top improvers' give continent hope

Countries flagged as the next powerhouses in governance index include Zimbabwe and Kenya.



Kenya and the tradition of homophobic violence

For many LGBT people in Kenya, safety is a daily concern and the limited response by authorities means violence continues with impunity.


Gambia: Two decades of fear and repression revealed

An HRW report details how Gambia’s government commits serious human rights violations against perceived critics and political opponents.


Child mortality declining in Niger

A Nigerien blogger visits villages in Niger, investigating whether child mortality rates have improved since the commitment to the MDGs in 2000.


Bosco Ntaganda’s blood-stained path to the ICC

After evading justice for nine years, DRC rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda is facing the ICC on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Detained for a dream: Inhumane treatment in Malawi's prisons

Hundreds of African foreign nationals are detained in Malawi’s central prisons for months on end while trying to make the challenging journey to South Africa


Hissène Habré trial postponed

The former Chadian dictator’s trial has been postponed in Dakar after he caused a disturbance in court and told his lawyers to refuse to participate.