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

Regional News

from Americas

27 July 2012

A regional human rights court has ruled that Ecuador was responsible for human rights violations against the Sarayaku Indigenous community in the Amazon.

27 July 2012

As reports of civilians being targeted in Syria continue to make headlines, China, Russia and the USA acted to delay what could have been a landmark agreement to end the irresponsible trade in arms.

26 July 2012

Campaigners lobbying for a strong Arms Trade Treaty staged a mock graveyard stunt to show the impact of the global arms trade.

25 July 2012

The USA is the pivotal player in closing major loopholes and setting strong rules for international transfers of arms in the final days of ATT negotiations.

25 July 2012

Cuban authorities arrested more than 40 activists as they attended the funeral of human rights activist Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas in the capital Havana.

18 July 2012

Justice for abuses suffered at the hands of US authorities remains a remote prospect for Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan

17 July 2012

Ecuador’s authorities are misuing the judicial system to clamp down on indigenous and campesino leaders involved in social conflicts over development projects.

17 July 2012

Julian Assange views Ecuador as a safe haven but for many who live there, planted firmly in their lands, justice remains a distant reality.

11 July 2012

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.

11 July 2012

Mexico is failing to protect women from increasing levels of violence, a new Amnesty International report says.

06 July 2012

Former Argentine Presidents Videla and Bignone found guilty of kidnapping children of dissidents.

05 July 2012

Peruvian authorities have imposed a state of emergency in the north of the country, where protests over construction of a goldmine have turned deadly.

02 July 2012

International artists have come together to call on governments to agree a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

27 June 2012

Hundreds of thousands of Amnesty International activists are calling for an end to arms transfers that fuel human rights abuses.

22 June 2012

Despite opposition, human rights language has survived in the Rio+20 summit's outcome document – but it does not go far enough.

21 June 2012

Guatemalan human rights defenders working on social, economic and cultural rights are harassed and attacked on a regular basis

13 June 2012

Indigenous activists José Ramón Aniceto Gómez and Pascual Agustín Cruz are victims of a justice system that often discriminates against poor and indigenous people.

12 June 2012

World leaders have a once in a generation chance to create a meaningful link between sustainable development and human rights.

11 June 2012

Just six countries are responsible for around three-quarters of the world's arms exports by value.

01 June 2012

Decades after El Salvador's armed conflict, hundreds of families still search for children who were taken from them amid the fighting.

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