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Human rights still limited.

LIMA, PERU * "Impunity for human rights violations constitutes one of the major obstacles to the effective rule of law in the region," the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a branch of the Organization of American States, said in its 2010 report, released last month.

The report noted some advances in human rights cases in the region, particularly those stemming from previous decades, but human rights defenders, judges and other judiciary members face threats, harassment and even murder.

"Member states have the obligation to adopt the measures necessary to protect the life, personal integrity, and freedom of expression and association of those who work to ensure respect for fundamental rights," the report said.

The five-chapter report singled out critical human rights situations in Colombia, Cuba, Honduras and Venezuela.

It said that indigenous groups face significant hurdles to keeping their ancestral homelands, and are not properly consulted before large-scale investment projects on or near their lands are green-lighted by governments.

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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Date:May 27, 2011
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