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

Regional News

from Americas

28 August 2012

A civilian court's conviction of a Colombian junior army officer for the murder and rape of a girl is a rare victory.

22 August 2012

The survivors and relatives of the 1982 El Calabozo massacre demand justice from El Salvador's authorities.

22 August 2012

A Guatemalan court has sentenced an ex-police chief to 70 years in prison for the 1981 disappearance and torture of a university student.

22 August 2012

The decision by Mexico’s National Supreme Court to refer a case involving human rights violations by military personnel to a civilian not a military court, must become a binding precedent.

15 August 2012

The Colombian authorities must do more to protect civilians increasingly caught up in the country's ongoing armed conflict.

08 August 2012

Governments across the Americas are putting profit before the physical and cultural survival of thousands of Indigenous peoples.

08 August 2012

Across the Americas, governments are trampling over the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the name of economic development.

03 August 2012

The Texas authorities should commute the death sentence of a prisoner assessed as having a mental disability but facing execution in under a week.

02 August 2012

The latest arrest of a Cuban activist follows a pattern of harassment of political dissidents by the authorities.

30 July 2012

Accounts from two incidents involving a Mapuche Indigenous community point to a possible disproportionate use of force by the police that left several injured, including children.

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.

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