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

Regional News

from Americas

01 July 2011

The US Attorney General's decision to close investigations into scores of alleged torture cases is a blow to justice.

28 June 2011

Mexico's President Felipe Calderón must send a clear message that human rights violations by Mexico’s armed forces will not be tolerated.

22 June 2011

A deadly riot in a Venezuelan prison should spark urgent reforms in a prison system with chronic problems.

20 June 2011

Guatemala has recently arrested several former officials for grave human rights violations during the country's civil war.

17 June 2011

Naval authorities have denied detaining José Fortino Martinez but eyewitnesses say they saw official vehicles carrying him to the gates of a nearby military base.

17 June 2011

Guatemala's authorities are called on to fully investigate alleged political killings ahead of September's elections.

16 June 2011

A prominent human rights lawyer appeals a jail sentence for his role in a demonstration for land reform in Brazil.

14 June 2011

Mental disability concerns and questions over possible racial discrimination lead to a call for clemency in a pending death sentence case.

08 June 2011

European countries are pressed to extradite or prosecute Guatemalan former officials over alleged human rights abuses.

08 June 2011

Authorities do little to protect rural workers in Brazil who face ongoing intimidation by hired gunmen.

07 June 2011

Members of an Indigenous community in north-western Argentina battle repeated attempts to forcibly evict them from their homes.

02 June 2011

Brazil should have consulted with Indigenous Peoples before approving construction of a megadam on their land in the Amazon.

01 June 2011

Impunity abounds in Aragua, Venezuela, as local police officers are suspected of killing seven members of one family

27 May 2011

The killing of a prominent Guatemalan trade unionist has raised fears for the safety of workers rights activists in the country.

26 May 2011

Indigenous families in Panama are at risk of being flooded out of their homes as a dam nears completion.

23 May 2011

The mother of Sheldon Gary Davis tells how he was killed by Jamaican security forces while in their custody, during the 2010 state of emergency.

20 May 2011

Following a dramatic 49-49 vote Uruguay's Parliament has failed to annul the effects of a controversial 1986 amnesty law.

19 May 2011

US president Barack Obama urged to use his speech on the Middle East to commit to the pursuit of a more even-handed approach to Arab states, with human rights at its heart.

19 May 2011

An independent and transparent investigation is needed into a new detainee death in the Guantánamo detention camp

18 May 2011

The discovery of 513 migrants being smuggled through Mexico in squalid conditions highlights the vulnerability faced by thousands.

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