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Americas: Defending human rights in the Americas: necessary, legitimate and dangerous

, Index number: AMR 01/0003/2014

Defending human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be a dangerous activity. Despite the fact that it is a human right recognized by international instruments, defending human rights has cost lives, physical integrity and freedom of hundreds of human rights defenders in the region. In the past few years, Amnesty International has documented killings, abductions, death threats, intimidation and an increased use of the legal system to intimidate and repress the defence of human rights throughout the region.

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