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Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

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Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. ... Read more»

Is the UN sure it wants Mexican soldiers keeping the peace?

The Mexican army faces multiple murder allegations as it prepares to join United Nations peacekeeping missions.... Read more»

Graphic: Torture is a global problem

Out of the 155 countries that have adopted the UN Convention Against Torture 79 are violating it, activists say.... Read more»

Mexico is trying to win its drug war with more torture

Mexico's use of torture in the drug war is up 600 percent in last 10 years, reports Amnesty International.... Read more»

Colombia: Prospering economy overshadows thousands of political prisoners

As business booms, at least 4,000 political prisoners remain jailed, often for social activism.... Read more»

13 startling facts from Amnesty's report on torture around the world

If lives were at risk, if national security was at stake, would you condone using torture to obtain information that could prevent such a disaster? If you answered "yes," you're not alone. ... Read more»

Here's what we still don't know about drones

Nearly six months ago, President Obama promised more transparency and tighter policies around targeted killings. In a speech, Obama vowed that the U.S. would only use force against a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” It would fire only when there was “near-certainty” civilians would not be killed or injured, and when capture was not feasible.... Read more»

Genocide conviction of Rios Montt overturned in Guatemala — for now

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide was overturned and his trial must begin anew starting from the point in mid-April when a dispute started over which judge should hear the case, the country's highest court said Monday.... Read more»

Grim torture tales from Syria

Civilians face torture as part of a systematic attack by the Syrian government, said Amnesty International.... Read more»

Guatemala prepares to fight Mexico's Zetas cartel

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has promised to deal with Mexico's violent drug cartels with an “iron fist." But will it work?... Read more»

Amnesty Int'l calls on Mexican gov't to protect journalists

Amnesty International said Thursday that the Mexican government needs to do more to protect journalists from the attacks of drug cartels. The government’s failure to act, the organization said, has led to increased violence against reporters across Mexico.... Read more»

Celebration tempered by questions about Gaddafi's death

The streets of Libya erupted in celebration as the nation celebrated the death of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the country for 42 years through fear and capital punishment.... Read more»

Maternal deaths plague Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the lifetime risk of maternal death is one in 320, according to UNICEF. That’s almost seven times higher than in the United States.... Read more»

'Honor killings' target Turkey's LGBTs

Ahmet Yildiz's father, Yahya Yildiz, stands charged with murder after traveling 600 miles, allegedly hunting his son down and then shooting him five times on July 15, 2008. It is viewed as Turkey’s first reported anti-gay “honor killing.” ... Read more»

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