Arms supplied by the world’s major powers are among those contributing to the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and blighting the livelihoods of millions of people every year.
Underneath the radar, away from international attention, governments and armed groups are abusing the rights of men, women and children in many countries.
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto must implement immediate and concrete measures to tackle some of the country’s most pressing human rights issues.
Human rights defenders across the Americas are facing escalating levels of intimidation, harassment and attacks at the hands of state security forces, paramilitary groups and organized crime.
In the early 1980s the Guatemalan army and police killed or kidnapped scores of people in the capital.
Fredy Peccerelli, Director of the Guatemalan Foundation of Forensic Anthropology, describes his organization's painstaking work to uncover human remains in Guatemala.
It took Guatemalan Ana Lucia Cuevas nearly two decades and a news story to find out her brother had been murdered.
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.
A groundbreaking documentary about an Ecuadorian Indigenous community’s successful legal battle has won a prestigious award.
The Swedish authorities should issue assurances to the UK and to Julian Assange that he will not be extradited to the USA.
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.
In the Americas, enforced disappearances are not just an issue of the past, with much still to be done for justice to be delivered to the victims and their relatives.
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.
Governments across the Americas are putting profit before the physical and cultural survival of thousands of Indigenous peoples.
Across the Americas, governments are trampling over the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the name of economic development.
The latest arrest of a Cuban activist follows a pattern of harassment of political dissidents by the authorities.
Accounts from two incidents involving a Mapuche Indigenous community point to a possible disproportionate use of force by the police that left several injured, including children.
As reports of civilians being targeted in Syria continue to make headlines, China, Russia and the USA acted to delay what could have been a landmark agreement to end the irresponsible trade in arms.
Campaigners lobbying for a strong Arms Trade Treaty staged a mock graveyard stunt to show the impact of the global arms trade.