Category Archives: Americas

Mexico at a crossroads: More than words needed to avoid lawlessness

By Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took office two years ago, he knew full well the job was a challenging one. Back in 2012, Mexico was already immersed in one of … Continue reading

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Dreaming of what was left behind: the fight for land rights in Colombia

By Marcelo Pollack, Colombia Researcher at Amnesty International. There is a tragic irony to the name of Tranquilandia or Tranquil land, a peasant farmer community in the north of Colombia. The land is far from peaceful. Residents there were forced … Continue reading

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Young, Black, Alive – Breaking the silence on Brazil’s soaring youth homicide rate

By Atila Roque, Executive Director of Amnesty International Brazil Earlier this week, many people around the world waited with bated breath for a grand jury’s decision in a case where a police officer shot dead an unarmed young black man … Continue reading

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Celebrating women’s rights heroes

On 25 November 1960, three women known as the Mirabal sisters were assassinated by state agents in the Dominican Republic because they dared to challenge the ruling dictator. These women’s rights heroes – women who became symbols of popular and … Continue reading

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