Terry McCarthy’s 27-year career  began on the front lines in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

In the mid-1980s, when Terry McCarthy graduated from UCD and started out at the Irish Press, Ireland’s unemployment rate was in double digits and a pe(...)

Mercedes Casanellas and her husband Richard Cushworth are reunited with their baby boy. Photograph: Guardian

A British father who feared his baby had been swapped at birth and sold to human traffickers in El Salvador has reportedly been reunited with his son (...)

Pro-choice ...  members of the Bolivian feminist group ‘Mujeres Creando’ (‘Women Creating’) dressed as nuns protest  outside the Cathedral of La Paz ahead of the recent visit of Pope Francis. Photograph:   EPA/ABI Handout

On April 24th last, four campaigners sat in at the El Salvador embassy in Washington and invited the authorities to arrest them. Their aim was to high(...)

The human rights activist and academic Karen Kenny, who has died aged 49, was the epitome of a whole generation of young Irish men and women who were (...)

President Michael D Higgins recalled that Archbishop Romero was known in El Salvador as “the bishop walks with the people”. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

President Michael D Higgins praised the Catholic bishops’ agency Trócaire for its human rights work in El Salvador and its fight for social justice t(...)

An image of Oscar Romero looks down on his beatification ceremony  in San Salvador. More than 250,000 people gathered in the capital for the occasion.  Photograph: Rodrigo Sura/EPA

Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, the final step before sainthood, 35 years after he was shot at the altar by a right-wing(...)

A man closes a window in the wall next to a mural of the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in Panchimalco, on the outskirts of San Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

The beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero on Sunday in San Salvador, capital of El Salvador, will be marked at the Festival of Peoples’ Mass in Dub(...)

Sally O’Neill (left) and Anne Enright in Honduras. Photo David Stephenson

Tributes have been paid to Sally O’Neill, Trócaire’s head of region for Latin America, who is to retire next month. Ms O’Neill has been at the heart o(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead the general audience in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters/Osservatore Romano

It is not often that a Vatican Pontifical Council opts to kick off its annual plenary session in a downtown Rome theatre with a nice little nightclub (...)