Brazil has taken important steps to address the horrific crimes committed during the regime of 1964-1985.
A Mexican man who denounced federal police for kidnapping, torture and extortion has been found dead.
Two new measures to protect Mexico's journalists and human rights defenders need swift backing from federal and state authorities.
Colombia's FARC guerrilla group have said they will no longer kidnap for ransom, but they have yet to renounce a host of other abuses.
A global "faxjam" action led by Amnesty International focuses on protection for a Peace Community that defends its right not to be drawn into armed conflict in Colombia.
Haitian authorities have dropped the case against former leader Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is accused of crimes against humanity during his rule.
Relatives of hundreds of massacre victims have triumphed in forcing retired General Ríos Montt to appear before a court on genocide charges.
All Mexican states must adopt legislation to ban enforced disappearances, which have been on the rise in recent years as the authorities take on organized crime networks.
Despite an ongoing investigation, Haiti's former ruler has yet to face justice for widespread human rights violations from the past.
Former Panamanian General Manuel Noriega has been extradited back to Panama, but must still face justice for his full role in human rights violations.
For decades, families have sought justice for hundreds victims of a 1981massacre at El Mozote in El Salvador.
A wave of violence against media outlets highlights the authorities' failure to protect journalists, posing a threat to freedom of expression.
Fourteen Mexican soldiers have been given lengthy prison sentences over the killing of civilians at an army checkpoint in 2007.
The Uruguayan government has revoked a controversial 1986 law that shielded officials from prosecution for crimes against humanity.
Decades after Argentina's military dictatorship ended, the latest in a series of trials has brought former officials to justice for crimes against humanity.
A community leader from San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras has not been heard of since his abduction on 30 August.
The family of disappeared priest Michael Woodward are challenging the dropping of murder and torture charges against former officials.
Uruguay finally has a green light to investigate dozens of cases of human rights abuses from its period of military rule three decades ago.
Mexico's President Felipe Calderón must send a clear message that human rights violations by Mexico’s armed forces will not be tolerated.
Guatemala has recently arrested several former officials for grave human rights violations during the country's civil war.