Numerous kidnappings in Mexico have sparked an international incident and have stimulated the efforts of Mexican human rights activists in favor of Central American migrants in their country.
Foreign intervention in Haiti is as problematic as ever, including food aid that is undoing Haiti's economy and independence.
Somalia: Fighting, danger to civilians mount; South Korea: Villagers protest U.S. naval base; Cuba: Building oil partnership with Russian firms; Colombia: New human rights failures; Israel: Prospect of short track to Palestinian sovereignty riles government
The growing mass of Colombian political prisoners has gained less international attention than the murdered and "disappeared," than millions displaced from their land, than epidemic spying and fear-mongering.
The Let Cuba Live Committee of Maine has launched a petition drive to put pressure on President Obama to free the Cuban Five political prisoners.
Death threats have been made against U.S. organizations working in solidarity with Colombia. On October 10, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) received its third death threat this year from Colombian "Black Eagles" paramilitaries.
Thirty members of the United States House of Representatives have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to cut off U.S. aid to the armed forces and police in Honduras, until that country's government can demonstrate and end to human rights violations.
Human rights group, Amnesty International, issued a call to U.S. officials to review the case of the Cuban Five, citing serious violations of the prisoners' rights.
Hunger strikers in Iran's notorious Evin Prison are approaching their third week without food in protest at being transferred to solitary confinement, inhuman prison conditions and violent treatment.
Progressive U.S. lawyer Peter Erlinder has been freed from jail in Rwanda and may be returning to the United States within the next few days.