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

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16 May 2013

A senior US diplomat has said his government will be quick to sign the new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a move Amnesty International said raises hopes for swift implementation of the potentially lifesaving treaty around the world.

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10 May 2013

The conviction of Guatemala’s ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity during his time in office is a historic step in the nation’s long struggle for justice.

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08 May 2013

The trial against former Guatemalan leader General José Efraín Rios Montt for genocide during his time in office has restarted. See why the Central American country’s dark past is still relevant today.

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19 April 2013

The decision to annul the genocide trial of Generals Ríos Montt and Rodríguez Sánchez must be overturned urgently or risk strengthening impunity and weakening the rule of law.

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02 April 2013

The UN has adopted a new treaty that will prohibit states from transferring arms when they know they will be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.

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25 March 2013

Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances.

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19 March 2013

Ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt and his former head of military intelligence are to be tried for crimes against humanity committed against the country's Mayan communities.

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18 March 2013

World leaders must address the poorly regulated global arms trade that fuels grave human rights abuses of tens of millions of people and claims countless lives each year, Amnesty International said from the UN.

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12 March 2013

Arms supplied by the world’s major powers are among those contributing to the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and blighting the livelihoods of millions of people every year.

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26 February 2013

Colombian human rights defender Angélica Bello died on 16 February in controversial circumstances after receiving threats for her work.

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29 January 2013

Former Guatemalan military leader General Efraín Ríos Montt and his  head of military intelligence will stand trial for the massacre of almost 2,000 people in the 1980s.

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06 December 2012

Members of the armed forces and police suspected of criminal responsibility in serious human rights violations may evade justice because of a planned constitutional reform in Colombia.

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27 November 2012

Jean-Marie Simon lived and worked in Guatemala as a photojournalist between 1980 and 1988, a period of extreme violence and brutality in the country.

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22 November 2012

A former child soldier recalls the bloodiest chapter in Guatemala's armed conflict, which resulted in more than 200,000 deaths and widespread human rights abuses.

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19 November 2012

In the early 1980s the Guatemalan army and police killed or kidnapped scores of people in the capital.

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15 November 2012

Fredy Peccerelli, Director of the Guatemalan Foundation of Forensic Anthropology, describes his organization's painstaking work to uncover human remains in Guatemala.

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12 November 2012

It took Guatemalan Ana Lucia Cuevas nearly two decades and a news story to find out her brother had been murdered.

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01 November 2012

El Salvador must finally deliver justice for a brutal massacre that took place three decades ago, Amnesty International urged today in an open letter to President Mauricio Funes.

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04 October 2012

The Colombian authorities have failed to make real progress in bringing to justice those responsible for conflict-related sexual crimes.

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28 August 2012

A civilian court's conviction of a Colombian junior army officer for the murder and rape of a girl is a rare victory.

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