The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Is an international, human rights capacity-building organization that works side by side with activists in Latin America to enhance their ability to promote and protect the human rights of marginalized and vulnerable people who suffer from discrimination based on their national or ethnic origin, their sexual orientation or gender identity. We strengthen grassroots organizations, helping them to become political actors able to promote structural changes in the countries where we work. Our methodology consists of providing technical assistance in order to help our partners monitor and document human rights abuses and increase their advocacy capacity at the national, regional and international levels.

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Journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora, as well as 100 other political prisoners from Nicaragua, were released from prison
Journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora, as well as 100 other political prisoners from Nicaragua, were released from prison
June 11, 2019
Washington, D.C. June 11, 2019. The Nicaraguan authorities released 106 political prisoners this week, 100 men and 6 women, who were unjustly imprisoned for months. Among those released were...
We reject the Amnesty Law approved in Nicaragua and continue to demand justice for the victims of repression
We reject the Amnesty Law approved in Nicaragua and continue to demand justice for the victims of repression
June 8, 2019
Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. The National Assembly of Nicaragua approved today an Amnesty Law that allows for the release of 182 political prisoners who remain in prison and the terminatio...
HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR
HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR
May 29, 2019
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 29, 2019 - The undersigned organizations express our concern regarding the State’s rejection of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ recen
We appreciate the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ resolution requiring urgent measures for Lucía Pineda, Miguel Mora, and 15 other political prisoners
We appreciate the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ resolution requiring urgent measures for Lucía Pineda, Miguel Mora, and 15 other political prisoners
May 22, 2019
Washington, DC, May 22, 2019 – The President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Eduardo Ferrer MacGregor, issued a resolution yesterday, May 21, requiring the State of Nicaragua to
Afro-Colombians, be strong, and hope for peace in your country!
Afro-Colombians, be strong, and hope for peace in your country!
May 21, 2019
On May 21, Colombia’s National Afro-Colombian Day is commemorated. This day was established by Law 725 of 2001, in order for Colombians to remember Black people’s struggles and fights to ach
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
May 17, 2019
While commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, we remember the unmet obligation of all countries, especially those in Latin America and the Caribbean...

Our vision is an equal society for all based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one without racial, ethnic or gender discrimination, or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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CARLOS QUESADA

Executive Director and Founder of the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights. Until October 2014 Carlos was Global Rights’ Director of the Ethnic and Racial Equality Program/Advisor on the Rights of LGBTI people. He is trained as a journalist and a lawyer. Carlos is working to combat racial and ethnic discrimination and discrimination based on a different sexual orientation and gender identity in the Americas and in some countries in Africa…

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The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights challenges discrimination, inequality and injustice and amplifies the new voices of local activists in Latin America to promote, protect, and fulfill human rights.

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The National Conference of Afro-Colombian Organizations (CNOA), is a national convergence of more than 270 afro-descendant organizations…
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The Trans Support and Action Group Foundation – GAAT is a community-based social organization that works to defend and assert the human rights…
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Caribe Afirmativo seeks to advocate for the establishment and positioning of gender and sexual diversity agendas in the Caribbean region…
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