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

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20 May 2014

The fight for justice for victims of crimes against humanity and genocide, from Guatemala’s past conflict is being seriously undermined, Amnesty International said today. 

 

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30 April 2014

Human rights and the fight to end impunity in Colombia must be a high priority for all candidates in the presidential elections scheduled for 25 May, Amnesty International said today in a public letter addressed to the five contenders. 

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21 February 2014

The decision of a Haitian court to allow investigations to continue into crimes against humanity committed during the rule of “president-for-life” Jean-Claude Duvalier is a major boost for the victims in their long quest for truth and justice, Amnesty International said. 

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18 February 2014

At a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, delivered a memorandum demanding an urgent list of actions to combat entrenched impunity and serious human rights violations. 

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15 January 2014

A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.

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15 December 2013

Miriam López was kidnapped on the school run by men in balaclavas, tortured and detained for months. 

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06 November 2013

Reports that the retrial of former Guatemalan President General Efraín Ríos Montt will not begin until January 2015 amount to a disappointing deferral of justice for genocide victims and their relatives.

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30 October 2013

The Mexican government’s decision to release indigenous teacher Alberto Patishtán after more than a decade is a long overdue recognition of the injustice done to him, but it should spur a complete review of countless unfair trials.

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25 October 2013

Guatemala’s former military ruler Efraín Ríos Montt was the first in the continent to face genocide charges in court but the historic process is now in jeopardy.

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24 October 2013

The decision of Colombia’s Constitutional Court to throw out reforms of the country’s military justice system is a setback for government attempts to shield from scrutiny human rights violations committed by the security forces

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16 October 2013

Former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet was detained in London on 16 October 1998 in a move that changed the idea of international justice forever.

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27 September 2013

Mexico’s military justice system is failing victims of alleged human rights violations by the army and navy, but the Mexican Senate has a key opportunity to change that.

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11 September 2013

Chilean author Isabel Allende remembers the military coup on 11 September 1973, and how it changed her own life and her country forever.

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11 September 2013

The first time Lelia Pérez felt the sear of a cattle prod it was at the hands of a Chilean soldier. She was a 16 year old high school student, used as a guinea pig to help Pinochet’s security services hone their skills in torture.

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10 September 2013

Thousands of torture survivors and relatives of those disappeared during General Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime are still being denied truth, justice and reparation.

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06 September 2013

Venezuela must immediately reverse its decision to withdraw from the American Convention on Human Rights and make a commitment to truly protect all individuals.

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28 August 2013

Hardly a day goes by when Gloria Elgueta doesn’t think about how her brother Martin may have spent his final days in a detention centre run by Pinochet’s political police five blocks away from their home.

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21 August 2013

After the 1973 coup in Chile, Ambassador Frode Nilsen dined with the military dictatorship’s highest-ranking officers. Behind their backs he smuggled dissidents to Norway. By Marianne Alfsen/Felix Media

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14 August 2013

A few months after Pinochet took power by force, Amnesty International's Roger Plant went to Chile to document the arbitrary detentions, torture and disappearances and produce a groundbreaking report.

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09 August 2013

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty completes an official visit to Brazil.

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