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.
Serious concerns remain in Guatemala as the UN Human Rights Committee is due to evaluate the country's human rights performance.
Two new measures to protect Mexico's journalists and human rights defenders need swift backing from federal and state authorities.
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.
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.
Authorities urged to investigate recent and past police operations as 21 people are killed by Jamaican police in just six days.
A US immigration court has ruled that a former Salvadoran Defence Minister can be deported on the basis of grave abuses during the 1980s civil war.
Colombia's FARC guerrilla group have said they will no longer kidnap for ransom, but they have yet to renounce a host of other abuses.
Police in La Paz are accused of using excessive force against a protest led by people with disabilities who demand an increase in state subsidies.
Authorities in Cuba are barring activists from participating in an event in Havana to mark the second anniversary of the death of a prisoner of conscience.
Police in the Dominican Republic must break with their shameful practise of abuse in order to comply with the UN Convention against Torture.
A global "faxjam" action led by Amnesty International focuses on protection for a Peace Community that defends its right not to be drawn into armed conflict in Colombia.
The deaths of at least 500 people following police use of Tasers in the USA highlights the need for stricter guidelines on their deployment.
More than 300 people have died in a fire at Comayagua prison in Honduras, underscoring the urgent need for prison reform.
Migrants and Indigenous Peoples in Mexico must be granted access to their basic human rights.
Talks are under way at the UN to agree a comprehensive treaty to regulate the global arms trade, due to be finalized later this year.
The death of a child amid a fire at an earthquake survivors' camp in Haiti highlights the authorities' need to resolve the dire housing crisis.
Two activists in Panama have been killed in clashes between security forces and the Ngäbe-Buglé people during anti-mining protests.
Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has been barred from leaving Cuba 19 times in the last four years.
After a two-decade legal battle, the Yakye Axa indigenous community in Paraguay can finally move away from a precarious roadside camp.