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

Regional News

from Americas

07 May 2013

Puerto Rico’s lawmakers have a historic opportunity to end discrimination against the island’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

02 May 2013

The US state of Maryland has joined the overwhelming global trend towards ending the death penalty.

23 April 2013

Forced evictions in Haiti are worsening the already desperate situation of thousands of people still living in displacement camps more than three years after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.

22 April 2013

The US authorities must urgently end indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay, Amnesty International said today after it was confirmed that more than half the detainees are now on hunger strike.

22 April 2013

The conviction of 23 Brazilian police officers for killing inmates in a prison massacre two decades ago is a "vital" step towards justice, Amnesty International has said.

19 April 2013

Damon Thibodeaux was recentyly released from death row after new evidence confirmed his innocence. This is his story.

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.

18 April 2013

Violent incidents around Venezuela following last Sunday’s presidential elections are only likely to increase unless the authorities carry out prompt, effective investigations and bring those responsible to justice.

17 April 2013

Authorities urged to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the death in police custody of displacement camp resident Civil Merius.

17 April 2013

Doctor in El Salvador a not treating a seriously ill pregnant woman because they fear that if they end the pregnancy they might be prosecuted under the country’s total ban on abortion.

15 April 2013

A court trial this week over police responsibility for a Brazilian prison massacre two decades ago must signal the beginning of the end for a long legacy of impunity.

15 April 2013

Twenty-six police officers have gone on trial in Brazil for the killing of 15 inmates in the prison in Carandiru, Brazil, Amnesty International looks at the state of prison conditions in the South American country.

12 April 2013

The Uruguayan Parliament’s adoption of the Equal Marriage Act on 10 April will bolster human rights protections and bring an inclusive society for all a step closer.

12 April 2013

The Uruguayan Parliament’s adoption of the Equal Marriage Act on 10 April will bolster human rights protections and bring an inclusive society for all a step closer.

04 April 2013

As Venezuelans prepare to go to the polls on 14 April, Amnesty International has identified some of the key human rights issues that every candidate should prioritize in their plans. 

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.

26 March 2013

The story of a man who spent more than half his life in a cell just three paces wide and four paces long paints a disturbing picture of justice in Louisiana, USA.

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.

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.

19 March 2013

The US and Rwandan authorities must ensure that Bosco Ntaganda’s rights are protected pending his transfer to the ICC, where he can face a fair trial for war crimes.

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