Two new measures to protect Mexico's journalists and human rights defenders need swift backing from federal and state authorities.
Police in La Paz are accused of using excessive force against a protest led by people with disabilities who demand an increase in state subsidies.
Authorities in Cuba are barring activists from participating in an event in Havana to mark the second anniversary of the death of a prisoner of conscience.
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.
Two activists in Panama have been killed in clashes between security forces and the Ngäbe-Buglé people during anti-mining protests.
Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has been barred from leaving Cuba 19 times in the last four years.
Haitian authorities have dropped the case against former leader Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is accused of crimes against humanity during his rule.
A Cuban prisoner of conscience has died on hunger strike, highlighting the Raúl Castro government's intolerance for dissent.
A wave of violence against media outlets highlights the authorities' failure to protect journalists, posing a threat to freedom of expression.
A community leader from San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras has not been heard of since his abduction on 30 August.
Bolivia's Supreme Court has convicted seven former officials for their role in the "Black October" massacre during protests in 2003.
The "Ladies in White," an unofficial network of women protesters in Cuba, face ongoing intimidation from the authorities.
After a TV presenter was shot dead in the Dominican Republic, authorities must do more to protect journalists who face threats.
A former columnist and three newspaper directors in Ecuador face jail terms after President Rafael Correa sued them for criminal libel.
Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.
As Amnesty International launches its annual report, we speak to five key human rights activists.
El Salvador needs to protect journalists at a community radio station who fear for their lives after receiving a series of death threats.
Clashes between protesters and police over a mining project have left three dead over the past week and scores injured.
Authorities urged not to force activists into exile after José Ferrer and Félix Navarro, the final two from a group of 75 detained in March 2003, were freed.
Cuba is still stifling freedom of expression despite high profile prisoner releases, continuing to harass, arrest and intimidate hundreds of activists.