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

Regional News

from Americas

06 February 2009
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have set free a second hostage in a week with the release of regional deputy Sigifredo López.
04 February 2009
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have released former governor Alan Jara, who had been held hostage by the guerrilla group since 2001.
30 January 2009
A law to protect women in Mexico has had no impact in the two years since its inception, leaving the safety of many Mexican women at risk.
28 January 2009
Those who watched Barack Obama take office on 20 January were part of a far-reaching celebration of the once seemingly impossible becoming reality.
28 January 2009
In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama rejected as "false" the choice between safety and respect for human rights.
27 January 2009
The vice-president of the Workers' Party in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco and human rights activist was assassinated on Saturday.
26 January 2009
A coalition of human rights organizations is calling on EU foreign ministers to help by offering humanitarian protection to detainees at risk of torture or other seri
22 January 2009
Amnesty International has welcomed the new US administration’s moves to suspend military commission proceedings at Guantánamo as a “positive sign&
22 January 2009
Retired army colonel Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega is currently on trial in the civilian courts for his alleged part in the enforced disappearance of 11 people in 1985.
22 January 2009
Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan has called President Barack Obama’s executive order to close the Guantánamo detention facility &quo
15 January 2009
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12 January 2009
Barack Obama is being urged to back up his pledge to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay by calling a halt to a military commission trial scheduled
12 January 2009
A year into Alvaro Colom's term as Guatemala's President, more action needs to be taken to build on his promising commitments to improve human rights in the country.
09 January 2009
Activists demand the closure of Guantánamo on the seventh anniversary of the first transfers of detainees to the US detention facility in Cuba.
22 December 2008
The Pentagon is working on a plan to close the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, according to a US Department of Defense official.
18 December 2008
Over one hundred countries voted overwhelmingly in favour of a second resolution on "Moratorium on the use of the death penalty" at the United Nations on T
17 December 2008
Three detainees were released on Tuesday from the Guantánamo detention camp to their homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but three others remain.
17 December 2008
The journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush is reported to have suffered various injuries after being beaten up by security officials.
16 December 2008
The authorization of “aggressive” interrogation techniques by senior US government officials has been a “direct cause of detainee abuse” in th
12 December 2008
A vote in Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the reservation of Raposa Serra do Sol on the frontier between Brazil
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Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men, and...
El Salvador has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the...
The Chinese authorities must release all those detained for...
A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500...
Iranian authorities have today confirmed that a woman convicted of...