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

Regional News

from Americas

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.

08 March 2012

Authorities urged to investigate recent and past police operations as 21 people are killed by Jamaican police in just six days.

07 March 2012

A US immigration court has ruled that a former Salvadoran Defence Minister can be deported on the basis of grave abuses during the 1980s civil war.

27 February 2012

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.

24 February 2012

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.

23 February 2012

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.

22 February 2012

Police in the Dominican Republic must break with their shameful practise of abuse in order to comply with the UN Convention against Torture.

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.

15 February 2012

The deaths of at least 500 people following police use of Tasers in the USA highlights the need for stricter guidelines on their deployment.

15 February 2012

More than 300 people have died in a fire at Comayagua prison in Honduras, underscoring the urgent need for prison reform.

14 February 2012

Migrants and Indigenous Peoples in Mexico must be granted access to their basic human rights.

13 February 2012

Talks are under way at the UN to agree a comprehensive treaty to regulate the global arms trade, due to be finalized later this year.

10 February 2012

The death of a child amid a fire at an earthquake survivors' camp in Haiti highlights the authorities' need to resolve the dire housing crisis.

08 February 2012

Two activists in Panama have been killed in clashes between security forces and the Ngäbe-Buglé people during anti-mining protests.

06 February 2012

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has been barred from leaving Cuba 19 times in the last four years.

03 February 2012

After a two-decade legal battle, the Yakye Axa indigenous community in Paraguay can finally move away from a precarious roadside camp.

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.

31 January 2012

Authorities urged to disclose details after US President Barack Obama confirms that the unmanned aircraft are used to target suspected militants.

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.

26 January 2012

A new Amnesty International campaign highlights the plight of thousands of Central American migrants travelling across Mexico each year.

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