A court trial this week over police responsibility for a Brazilian prison massacre two decades ago must signal the beginning of the end for a long legacy of impunity.
The UN has adopted a new treaty that will prohibit states from transferring arms when they know they will be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances.
Ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt and his former head of military intelligence are to be tried for crimes against humanity committed against the country's Mayan communities.
Former Haitian leader Jean-Claude Duvalier faced a court hearing regarding human rights abuses committed during his time in office.
A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic has filed charges against state agents for the murder of two men in 2009, just another example of the pressing need for radical police reform.
Authorities in Guatemala are putting the lives of women at risk by systematically failing to protect them and ensure those responsible for the hundreds of killings that take place each year face justice.
Concrete measures are needed to back up a new Mexican law aimed at guaranteeing the rights of victims of crime and human rights abuses amid the struggle against organized crime.
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto must implement immediate and concrete measures to tackle some of the country’s most pressing human rights issues.
Authorities in Paraguay must ensure all those responsible for the deaths of 11 peasants and six police officers in Curuguaty last June are investigated.
President Bouterse must not be allowed to walk away from his responsibility in the torture and death of 15 people in Suriname in December 1982.
Members of the armed forces and police suspected of criminal responsibility in serious human rights violations may evade justice because of a planned constitutional reform in Colombia.
The Dominican Republic’s National Police must urgently address how it responds to public protests after a student was shot dead at a demonstration in Santo Domingo.
Tens of thousands of slum-dwellers in Rio de Janeiro are the focus of an NGO campaign on human rights ahead police plans to "pacify" the area.
El Salvador must finally deliver justice for a brutal massacre that took place three decades ago, Amnesty International urged today in an open letter to President Mauricio Funes.
Proper consultation with Indigenous Peoples, rural workers and civil society groups is the only way the Guatemalan authorities can prevent violence erupting at protests.
A full investigation is needed into the deaths of three residents amid protests in Panama's northern port city of Colón.
The brazen murder of a Honduran human rights lawyer underscores just why the country’s authorities must step up their efforts to protect human rights defenders.
More progress is needed in a cross-border investigation into former officials accused of extrajudicial executions in Guatemala.
Court ignores flaws in the Israeli military’s internal investigation into the death of the US activist killed by a bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003.