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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the early 1980s the Guatemalan army and police killed or kidnapped scores of people in the capital.
Fredy Peccerelli, Director of the Guatemalan Foundation of Forensic Anthropology, describes his organization's painstaking work to uncover human remains in Guatemala.
More than 3,000 prisoners in the US state of California endure inhuman conditions in solitary confinement - sometimes for decades on end.
It took Guatemalan Ana Lucia Cuevas nearly two decades and a news story to find out her brother had been murdered.
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.
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.
The US authorities must urgently take action to correct a decade of human wrongs and cruelty carried out within the Guantánamo facility in Cuba.
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.
The US state of Texas is set to carry out its 250th execution under the governorship of Rick Perry.
Proper consultation with Indigenous Peoples, rural workers and civil society groups is the only way the Guatemalan authorities can prevent violence erupting at protests.
The Brazilian authorities must immediately suspend a court order to evict 170 Guarani–Kaiowá indigenous people from a portion of their ancestral lands.
A full investigation is needed into the deaths of three residents amid protests in Panama's northern port city of Colón.
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.