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

Regional News

from Americas

16 May 2013

A senior US diplomat has said his government will be quick to sign the new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a move Amnesty International said raises hopes for swift implementation of the potentially lifesaving treaty around the world.

10 May 2013

World leaders must reject an aid-based model of development and instead pursue an approach that puts human rights and justice at its core.

10 May 2013

The conviction of Guatemala’s ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity during his time in office is a historic step in the nation’s long struggle for justice.

09 May 2013

Doctors in El Salvador said a 22-year-old woman could die if she continues with the pregnancy but haven’t treated her because if they interrupt it, they might be prosecuted under the country’s total ban on abortion.

08 May 2013

The trial against former Guatemalan leader General José Efraín Rios Montt for genocide during his time in office has restarted. See why the Central American country’s dark past is still relevant today.

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. 

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