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

Regional News

from Americas

20 April 2012

Levon Helm, an influential US musician and longtime supporter of Amnesty International, has passed away in Woodstock, New York.

18 April 2012

A Mexican man who denounced federal police for kidnapping, torture and extortion has been found dead.

17 April 2012

Albert Woodfox, 65, and Herman Wallace, 70, have been in solitary confinement in Louisiana's Angola Prison since 1972.

05 April 2012

Connecticut’s State Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty, joining a worldwide trend away from capital punishment.

03 April 2012

Inmates in the isolation unit at Arizona State Prison are kept under dehumanising conditions that lack health care and rehabilitation opportunities.

02 April 2012

Man accused of raping three 12-year-old girls acquitted by Brazil’s Supreme Court on the basis that they were allegedly “sex-workers”.

02 April 2012

A new Amnesty report describes how more than 2,000 prisoners in Arizona are confined for months or years in conditions of extreme isolation.

30 March 2012

The prisoners died during unrest in San Pedro Sula prison after fighting broke out and a fire started inside the overcrowded jail.

29 March 2012

Government urged to act as activists continue their campaign for a solution to the country's ongoing problem of land disputes and forced evictions.

28 March 2012

Cuban human rights activists are being targeted by authorities in a bid to silence them while Pope Benedict visits the country.

27 March 2012

The son of a US murder victim reflects on the struggle to end the death penalty.

23 March 2012

Suriname's parliament must reject a proposed amnesty law that would allow the country's president to escape investigation for past gross human rights violations.

22 March 2012

A new report documents a surge in harassment and detentions of dissidents in Cuba, including journalists and human rights activists, in the last year.

22 March 2012

Mexico authorities urged to cancel arrest warrants for five colleagues of indigenous activist freed due to irregularities in the case against him.

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.

16 March 2012

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

16 March 2012

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

15 March 2012

A ship en route from the USA to Egypt is carrying arms which could be used by Egyptian security forces to commit human rights violations.

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.

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