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

Regional News

from Americas

21 February 2012

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.

15 February 2012

The deaths of at least 500 people following police use of Tasers in the USA highlights the need for stricter guidelines on their deployment.

15 February 2012

More than 300 people have died in a fire at Comayagua prison in Honduras, underscoring the urgent need for prison reform.

14 February 2012

Migrants and Indigenous Peoples in Mexico must be granted access to their basic human rights.

13 February 2012

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.

10 February 2012

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.

08 February 2012

Two activists in Panama have been killed in clashes between security forces and the Ngäbe-Buglé people during anti-mining protests.

06 February 2012

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has been barred from leaving Cuba 19 times in the last four years.

03 February 2012

After a two-decade legal battle, the Yakye Axa indigenous community in Paraguay can finally move away from a precarious roadside camp.

31 January 2012

Haitian authorities have dropped the case against former leader Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is accused of crimes against humanity during his rule.

31 January 2012

Authorities urged to disclose details after US President Barack Obama confirms that the unmanned aircraft are used to target suspected militants.

27 January 2012

A former Guatemalan head of state will face trial on genocide charges over massacres of thousands of mostly Mayan villagers in 1982 and 1983.

26 January 2012

A new Amnesty International campaign highlights the plight of thousands of Central American migrants travelling across Mexico each year.

25 January 2012

Relatives of hundreds of massacre victims have triumphed in forcing retired General Ríos Montt to appear before a court on genocide charges.

24 January 2012

Brazilian police have forcefully evicted almost 6,000 people without warning from a slum outside Sao Paulo.

23 January 2012

Christi Cheramie is seeking clemency after spending half her life in prison for a crime she committed as a child.

20 January 2012

A Cuban prisoner of conscience has died on hunger strike, highlighting the Raúl Castro government's intolerance for dissent.

18 January 2012

All Mexican states must adopt legislation to ban enforced disappearances, which have been on the rise in recent years as the authorities take on organized crime networks.

16 January 2012

Despite an ongoing investigation, Haiti's former ruler has yet to face justice for widespread human rights violations from the past.

11 January 2012

A new report highlights why the detention centre continues to represent an attack on human rights.

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