Relatives of hundreds of massacre victims have triumphed in forcing retired General Ríos Montt to appear before a court on genocide charges.
Despite an ongoing investigation, Haiti's former ruler has yet to face justice for widespread human rights violations from the past.
Former Panamanian General Manuel Noriega has been extradited back to Panama, but must still face justice for his full role in human rights violations.
For decades, families have sought justice for hundreds victims of a 1981massacre at El Mozote in El Salvador.
Four members of Colombia's security forces have been killed while being held by guerillas, a possible war crime.
The Uruguayan government has revoked a controversial 1986 law that shielded officials from prosecution for crimes against humanity.
Decades after Argentina's military dictatorship ended, the latest in a series of trials has brought former officials to justice for crimes against humanity.
Staff of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation have received death threats after testifying at a key trial on a 1982 massacre.
Authorities urged to ensure that when the country's former leader is extradited by France he is tried for human rights abuses during his 1980s rule.
A landmark court ruling in Guatemala sentences four soldiers for their involvement in a bloody massacre in Dos Erres village in 1982.
Uruguay finally has a green light to investigate dozens of cases of human rights abuses from its period of military rule three decades ago.
Guatemala has recently arrested several former officials for grave human rights violations during the country's civil war.
Control Arms Coalition calls on countries meeting at the UN in New York this week to ensure no weapons or munitions are sold to human rights abusers.
Amnesty International calls for justice to be done for cases of detention without trial, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions between 1971 and 1986.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is visiting the US, is commander in chief of Sri Lanka's armed forces, which face allegations of war crimes, enforced disappearances, and torture.
Amnesty International has urged the Haitian authorities to bring former president Jean-Claude Duvalier – also known as 'Baby Doc' – to justice for human rights abuses committed during his regime in the 1970s and 80s.
Amnesty International has welcomed the sentence handed to a former Argentine president responsible for crimes against humanity in the 1970s and 80s.
Omar Khadr is facing five "war crime" charges, including a murder charge for allegedly throwing a grenade that fatally wounded a US soldier.
Amnesty International's annual assessment of the state of the world's human rights, details abuses in 159 countries and shows how power politics are worsening the situation.
Amnesty International has welcomed the conviction of Reynaldo Bignone, who was found guilty of torture, murder and several kidnappings that occured during the 1970s.