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.
A civilian court's conviction of a Colombian junior army officer for the murder and rape of a girl is a rare victory.
A Guatemalan court has sentenced an ex-police chief to 70 years in prison for the 1981 disappearance and torture of a university student.
Justice for abuses suffered at the hands of US authorities remains a remote prospect for Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan
The men, all from the Orozco Medina family in Nuevo Zirosto, were taken away by armed men believed to be members of the security forces.
Decades after El Salvador's armed conflict, hundreds of families still search for children who were taken from them amid the fighting.
Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.
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.