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Police looking at the crime scene in Nova Holanda
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Brazil Police Kill ‘Drug Traffickers’ Following Favela Protest

A security force operation in northern Rio de Janeiro has left eight people dead, as the country struggles to contain a popular uprising partly fueled by police...
Nicaragua's National Police
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Victims Say Nicaragua Police Torture Prisoners

Police in Nicaragua are engaging in serious human rights abuses, according to testimony collected by a human rights organization, highlighting that even in the most...
A scene from a violent riot in Venezuela's Uribana prison
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New Venezuelan Prison Regulations Seek to Protect Human Rights

Venezuela has implemented new regulations in 14 of the country's prisons in an attempt to reform the notoriously violent penal system, although it remains to be...
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Missing Mexican Activists Found Dead In Guerrero

The bodies of three activists who went missing last week have been found on the side of a road in Guerrero state, the latest victims in Mexico's so-called "crisis"...
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11 Disappear In Mexico City ‘Police Operation’

A group of 11 people reportedly went missing following a police operation at a bar in Mexico’s Federal District, calling attention to the country's ongoing...
CINEP presents its new report
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‘Paramilitaries Behind Majority of Colombia Human Rights Violations’

A new report by a Colombian non-governmental organization (NGO) that works in close association with Colombia's Jesuit order asserts that the majority of human...
Amnesty International criticized Mexico in 2013 report
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Amnesty International Critiques Human Rights Abuses of Mexico Drug War

In its annual report, Amnesty International criticized Mexico for human rights abuses committed during President Calderon's militarized response to organized crime,...
IACHR Rapporteur for Women's Rights Tracy Robinson,
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Honduras Indigenous Denounce Human Rights Abuses by Drug Traffickers

A group of indigenous women in Honduras has reported human abuses by drug traffickers to a visiting Interamerican Commission of Human Rights's (IACHR)...
Agricultural workers in Brazil
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Brazil Frees Nearly 3,000 Slaves

Brazilian authorities rescued almost 3,000 people from conditions of slavery in 2012, as the country continues to strengthen its efforts to tackle the entrenched...
Rio police with a body shot from a helicopter
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Videos Show Apparent Extrajudicial Killings By Brazilian Police

Footage of Rio de Janeiro police shooting at people from helicopters, then laughing among dead bodies, has drawn condemnation, offering further evidence that...
Internally displaced first need Mexico govt recognition
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Mexico Govt Inches Towards Recognizing Displaced

Mexico's government has pledged to focus renewed efforts on supporting the estimated 230,000 victims displaced by the country's violence last year, as international...
Brazilian teenagers gunned down in Sao Paulo
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Brazilian Police Arrested After Murder of São Paulo Teens

Eight São Paulo military police have been arrested following the release of video footage showing the murder of two adolescents, in what appears to be an example...