Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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25 April 2012

Brazil has taken important steps to address the horrific crimes committed during the regime of 1964-1985.

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21 March 2012

Five former paramilitaries have each been sentenced to nearly 8,000 years in prison for their role in one of the bloodiest mass killings of Guatemala's civil war.

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16 March 2012

Serious concerns remain in Guatemala as the UN Human Rights Committee is due to evaluate the country's human rights performance.

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16 March 2012

Two new measures to protect Mexico's journalists and human rights defenders need swift backing from federal and state authorities.

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14 March 2012

Pedro Pimentel Ríos is the fifth former soldier in Guatemala to be convicted for his role in the 1982  killings of more than 250 people in a rural village.

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21 February 2012

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.

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31 January 2012

Haitian authorities have dropped the case against former leader Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is accused of crimes against humanity during his rule.

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27 January 2012

A former Guatemalan head of state will face trial on genocide charges over massacres of thousands of mostly Mayan villagers in 1982 and 1983.

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25 January 2012

Relatives of hundreds of massacre victims have triumphed in forcing retired General Ríos Montt to appear before a court on genocide charges.

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18 January 2012

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.

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16 January 2012

Despite an ongoing investigation, Haiti's former ruler has yet to face justice for widespread human rights violations from the past.

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12 December 2011

For decades, families have sought justice for hundreds victims of a 1981massacre at El Mozote in El Salvador.

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16 November 2011

A wave of violence against media outlets highlights the authorities' failure to protect journalists, posing a threat to freedom of expression.

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11 November 2011

At least four people died and scores were injured across the country after the election of Daniel Ortega.

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27 October 2011

The Uruguayan government has revoked a controversial 1986 law that shielded officials from prosecution for crimes against humanity.

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11 October 2011

A community leader from San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras has not been heard of since his abduction on 30 August.

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17 August 2011

In a legal precedent for Mexico, two Indigenous women raped by soldiers in 2002 have had their cases moved to the civilian justice system.

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16 August 2011

An armed ambush that killed a judge near Rio de Janeiro highlights the city's high level of criminality and police corruption.

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16 August 2011

Guatemalan presidential candidates are urged to commit to protecting and improving human rights ahead of elections in September.

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12 August 2011

Staff of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation have received death threats after testifying at a key trial on a 1982 massacre.

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