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

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18 June 2014

The US government must ensure that Ahmed Abu Khattalah, who is being held in secret and incommunicado detention, gets immediate and unrestricted access to a lawyer amid fears that he may be being held or interrogated in inhumane conditions.

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30 April 2014

Human rights and the fight to end impunity in Colombia must be a high priority for all candidates in the presidential elections scheduled for 25 May, Amnesty International said today in a public letter addressed to the five contenders. 

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25 March 2014

Colombia’s government is failing to address the country’s critical human rights situation said Amnesty International today ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ annual review of the country.

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19 March 2014

Mexico must put into action the promises it makes to the United Nations Human Rights Council tomorrow if it is to address the dire human rights situation in the country.

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18 February 2014

At a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, delivered a memorandum demanding an urgent list of actions to combat entrenched impunity and serious human rights violations. 

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26 December 2013

A leader of the San José de Apartadó Peace Community in Colombia speaks out about their ongoing struggle to defend their right to live without violence amid the country's armed conflict.

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15 December 2013

Miriam López was kidnapped on the school run by men in balaclavas, tortured and detained for months. 

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25 October 2013

Guatemala’s former military ruler Efraín Ríos Montt was the first in the continent to face genocide charges in court but the historic process is now in jeopardy.

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22 October 2013

The Mexican government’s fine words on human rights bear little resemblance to its actions on the ground, Amnesty International said one day before the country comes under the scrutiny of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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27 September 2013

Mexico’s military justice system is failing victims of alleged human rights violations by the army and navy, but the Mexican Senate has a key opportunity to change that.

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13 September 2013

The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano must reject a former CIA agent’s plea to be pardoned for a crime he committed in the country as part of the US-led rendition programme.

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11 September 2013

Chilean author Isabel Allende remembers the military coup on 11 September 1973, and how it changed her own life and her country forever.

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11 September 2013

The first time Lelia Pérez felt the sear of a cattle prod it was at the hands of a Chilean soldier. She was a 16 year old high school student, used as a guinea pig to help Pinochet’s security services hone their skills in torture.

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10 September 2013

Thousands of torture survivors and relatives of those disappeared during General Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime are still being denied truth, justice and reparation.

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29 August 2013

Enforced disappearances in the Americas are not only an inheritance of the dark past of the authoritarian governments of the 1970s and 80s, but also an appalling ongoing practice.

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28 August 2013

Hardly a day goes by when Gloria Elgueta doesn’t think about how her brother Martin may have spent his final days in a detention centre run by Pinochet’s political police five blocks away from their home.

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21 August 2013

After the 1973 coup in Chile, Ambassador Frode Nilsen dined with the military dictatorship’s highest-ranking officers. Behind their backs he smuggled dissidents to Norway. By Marianne Alfsen/Felix Media

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14 August 2013

A few months after Pinochet took power by force, Amnesty International's Roger Plant went to Chile to document the arbitrary detentions, torture and disappearances and produce a groundbreaking report.

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07 August 2013

During the Pinochet rule in Chile, José Zalaquett was twice arrested and ultimately forced into exile. Here, he shares his story and thoughts of what the figure of Pinochet means today.

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04 June 2013

A new report highlights Mexico’s ongoing pattern of disappearances amid the government’s efforts to rein in organized criminal groups.

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