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

Regional News

from Americas

17 December 2012

For more than two decades the indigenous community of Sawhoyamaxa has been forced to live in a settlement by the side of a busy highway in Paraguay.

13 December 2012

Today’s ruling on the CIA’s detention and rendition of German national Khaled El-Masri is a milestone in the fight against impunity for US-led secret detention programmes.

07 December 2012

Human rights defenders across the Americas are facing escalating levels of intimidation, harassment and attacks at the hands of state security forces, paramilitary groups and organized crime.

06 December 2012

Members of the armed forces and police suspected of criminal responsibility in serious human rights violations may evade justice because of a planned constitutional reform in Colombia.

06 December 2012

President Bouterse must not be allowed to walk away from his responsibility in the torture and death of 15 people in Suriname in December 1982.

27 November 2012

Jean-Marie Simon lived and worked in Guatemala as a photojournalist between 1980 and 1988, a period of extreme violence and brutality in the country.

22 November 2012

A former child soldier recalls the bloodiest chapter in Guatemala's armed conflict, which resulted in more than 200,000 deaths and widespread human rights abuses.

19 November 2012

In the early 1980s the Guatemalan army and police killed or kidnapped scores of people in the capital.

15 November 2012

Fredy Peccerelli, Director of the Guatemalan Foundation of Forensic Anthropology, describes his organization's painstaking work to uncover human remains in Guatemala.

13 November 2012

More than 3,000 prisoners in the US state of California endure inhuman conditions in solitary confinement - sometimes for decades on end.

12 November 2012

It took Guatemalan Ana Lucia Cuevas nearly two decades and a news story to find out her brother had been murdered.

09 November 2012

The Dominican Republic’s National Police must urgently address how it responds to public protests after a student was shot dead at a demonstration in Santo Domingo.

05 November 2012

Tens of thousands of slum-dwellers in Rio de Janeiro are the focus of an NGO campaign on human rights ahead police plans to "pacify" the area.

01 November 2012

The US authorities must urgently take action to correct a decade of human wrongs and cruelty carried out within the Guantánamo facility in Cuba.

01 November 2012

El Salvador must finally deliver justice for a brutal massacre that took place three decades ago, Amnesty International urged today in an open letter to President Mauricio Funes.

31 October 2012

The US state of Texas is set to carry out its 250th execution under the governorship of Rick Perry.

26 October 2012

Proper consultation with Indigenous Peoples, rural workers and civil society groups is the only way the Guatemalan authorities can prevent violence erupting at protests.

26 October 2012

The Brazilian authorities must immediately suspend a court order to evict 170 Guarani–Kaiowá indigenous people from a portion of their ancestral lands.

25 October 2012

A full investigation is needed into the deaths of three residents amid protests in Panama's northern port city of Colón.

25 October 2012

Jacqueline Montanez will spend her life in a US prison without the possibility of parole for a crime she committed when she was a child.

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