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Two government critics and their neighbor were released on 9 December. Their charges have not been dropped and they have now been placed under house arrest.
Indigenous leaders have been intimidated and harassed in reprisal for opposing the construction of a new wind farm in southern Mexico. There is fear they will face further threats.
A federal court issued a stay of execution for Texas death row prisoner Scott Panetti a few hours before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on 3 December.
A teenager has been disappeared after reportedly being tied up and taken by military police officers during a police operation in the city of Salvador. His mother has been receiving threats.