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

Regional News

from Americas

24 June 2013

The US authorities must not prosecute anyone for disclosing information about the government’s human rights violations, Amnesty International said after Edward Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act.

14 June 2013

The lack of effective actions by Paraguay’s authorities to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the deaths of 17 people during a raid a year ago is worrying.

14 June 2013

Brazilian police must avoid excessive use of force, Amnesty International said after scores of people have been injured and detained during several demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo over a transportation fare hike.

12 June 2013

Members of Colombia ’s Congress should reject a proposed law which will shield members of the armed forces and the police from justice for crimes under international law.

07 June 2013

New revelations about the alleged reach of the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s surveillance efforts raise serious questions about the US authorities’ respect for the right to privacy.

07 June 2013

An anonymous source warned local police in Colombia that paramilitaries are intending to kill a human rights defender and his family.

04 June 2013

A new report highlights Mexico’s ongoing pattern of disappearances amid the government’s efforts to rein in organized criminal groups.

04 June 2013

El Salvador’s government on Monday administered an early caesarean section to stop a woman from dying because of complications posed by a non-viable pregnancy and serious illness.

03 June 2013

The trial against US soldier Bradley Manning, who faces multiple charges in relation to obtaining and distributing thousands of classified documents to unauthorized parties, begins today.

31 May 2013

El Salvador’s Minister of Health suggested an early cesarean section could be performed to preserve the health and life of a seriously ill pregnant woman.

30 May 2013

The decision by the Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador's Supreme Court of Justice to deny Beatriz her appeal for access to a therapeutic abortion is "shameful and discriminatory".

29 May 2013

A new law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt, currently with the Shura Council, would effectively be a death blow to independent civil society in the country.

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

23 May 2013

Human rights activists talks about the dangerous journey millions of people make every year from Central America to the USA through Mexico.

22 May 2013

With 10 killings in their family in a little over a decade, the Barrios' story in Venezuela is hard to believe.

21 May 2013

Guatemala's Constitutional Court has overturned the recent conviction and sentencing of former military ruler Efrain Rios Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity.

17 May 2013

The Jamaican authorities must swiftly appoint a commission of inquiry with an adequate mandate, resources and powers to carry out a thorough investigation into the security forces’ conduct during the 2010 state of emergency.

17 May 2013

On 17 May, to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), Amnesty International supporters worldwide will take action to highlight the human rights situation of LGBTI people around the world.

17 May 2013

El Salvador’s Supreme Court has, once again, put off a ruling on whether or not to allow a severely ill pregnant woman to have an abortion.

17 May 2013

Argentina’s former military leader, Jorge Rafael Videla, has died in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity committed during his time in office.

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