North America and Caribbean
United States | Canada | English-speaking Caribbean | Cuba | Dominican Republic | Haiti
Much of Amnesty's work in the North America and Caribbean region during 2012 will address violence by states and armed groups. This encompasses several concerns, including the use of the death penalty in the USA and some Caribbean countries, police violations in Dominican Republic, prison conditions and US counter-terrorism policy. We will also campaign for the end of impunity for crimes committed under Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti.
Freedom of expression remains a significant issue in all our countries. In Cuba, for example, despite the release of dozens of prisoners of conscience over the last two years, the country's repressive legal system continues to restrict this basic human right, as well as those of freedom of association and assembly. The Poverty and Human Rights campaign will continue to play a prominent role in our work within the region. The protection of women and girls is a particular concern; reports have outlined widespread sexual violence in Haiti's makeshift camps, for example.
In addition, the issues of poverty, trafficking, land rights, forced evictions, statelessness and maternal mortality will be given emphasis. Counter-terror work will focus on indefinite detentions and military commissions in Guantánamo, and the pursuit of accountability and remedy for victims of these policies.
- New call for Government to act over Shaker Aamer as Guantanamo hunger strike accelerates 23 Apr 2013
- Haiti: Is Haiti's justice system up to the test? - 20 February 2013
- Dominican Republic: Student's killing underscores urgent need for police reform - 9 November 2012
- Enforced disappearances are a crime of the present - 29 August 2012
- Dominican Republic: The Office of the Ombudsman must be urgently established- 13 August 2012