Anti-government protests in Nicaragua have led to a known death toll of 264, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday after four months of unrest, while some 1,800 people have been injured.
State-run newspaper Granma reported that Cuba would release 3,522 prisoners three days ahead of the September 19-22 visit by Pope Francis. However Cuban officials, who officially deny that the country has political prisoners, said they would not release inmates convict of crimes against state security.
Argentine Veterans from the 1982 Malvinas war will continue to voice their condemnation of abuse suffered at the hands of their superior officers as a legal team reiterate their demands for recognition and justice before federal courts in Río Grande on Monday.
Argentina's Memoria Activa, one of the most active groups that gather together relatives of the victims of the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, celebrated the decision to hold a trial (6 August) for the cover-up of the bombing this year, which was announced on Friday after weeks of heated controversy between the Executive, the Supreme Court and the tribunal in charge of judging the case.
The Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza “urged the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay facility without delay and arrange for the trial or release of the detainees” and called on member countries to consider receiving detainees in Guantanamo.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder in Paraguay of human rights defender Vidal Vega, leader of the Campesinos sin Tierra movement (Landless Campesinos) and president of the Committee of Relatives of Victims of the Curuguaty Massacre and urges the State of Paraguay to investigate and clear up these crimes, and punish those who perpetrated and masterminded them.
The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) began proceedings this week concerning Argentina’s refusal to extradite Galvarino Apablaza for the 1991 murder of emblematic conservative Senator Jaime Guzmán.