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

Regional News

from Americas

19 February 2014

The charges brought against Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López smack of a politically motivated attempt to silence dissent in the country, said Amnesty International. 

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. 

13 February 2014

Authorities in Venezuela must urgently investigate the deaths of three people during protests yesterday, said Amnesty International.

11 February 2014

The USA must charge or extradite a former Guatemalan soldier involved in a massacre in his home country, Amnesty International said.

10 February 2014

The authorities in California must introduce radical changes to the cruel conditions of the state’s solitary confinement units, said Amnesty International ahead of a key hearing.

22 January 2014

The continued operation of the US detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is a prime example of the USA’s double standard on human rights.

17 January 2014

The Texas authorities must halt the execution of Mexican national Edgar Arias Tamayo, set to take place on 22 January, which would violate an international court order.

17 January 2014

President Obama’s recognition of the need to safeguard the privacy of people around the world is significant, but insufficient to end serious global concern over mass surveillance, which by its very nature constitutes abuse.

15 January 2014

A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.

06 January 2014

Authorities in the US state of Louisiana must end their campaign of vengeance against Albert Woodfox and release him after nearly four decades of cruel solitary confinement.

06 January 2014

US corporate interests must not be allowed to invalidate the Conflict Minerals Rule, which requires companies to investigate and disclose whether their products contain certain minerals that help fund armed groups in mineral-rich countries in Africa.

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.

17 December 2013

Brazil 's government should give full consideration to Edward Snowden's claim for asylum in the country, Amnesty International said today after the US whistleblower offered to help a Brazilian spying probe and requested asylum.

15 December 2013

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

07 December 2013

For over 30 years, a group of human rights defenders in Honduras has been a beacon of hope for people whose rights have been violated.

22 November 2013

There’s hardly a moment when Honduran human rights defender Bertha Cáceres is not worrying about what may happen to her for defending the rights of her community, the Lenca Indigenous People. The risk is so high that she's been forced into hiding.

14 November 2013

Youth activist Courtney Clay describes her involvement with Amnesty International's Human Rights Friendly Schools project in Bermuda - one of many such initiatives taking place around the world.

06 November 2013

Reports that the retrial of former Guatemalan President General Efraín Ríos Montt will not begin until January 2015 amount to a disappointing deferral of justice for genocide victims and their relatives.

05 November 2013

Presidential candidates in Honduras must promise to address the dire human rights crisis in the country if there is any chance of putting an end to the escalating levels of violence, insecurity and impunity.

04 November 2013

After nearly 40 years of exile in the UK, Leopoldo García is the first Chilean torture survivor to win a landmark court case. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has just ruled that Chile should find those responsible for his abuse and award him compensation. 

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