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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International Organisations Establish International Observatory of the Human Rights Situation in Nicaragua
International Organisations Establish International Observatory of the Human Rights Situation in Nicaragua
January 16, 2019
Americas/Europe, 16 January 2019. April 18, 2018 marked a watershet moment in the recent history of Nicaragua, with the outbreak of a political and social crisis that has seriously impacted
OAS announces it will apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Nicaragua after learning that crimes against humanity have been committed in that country
OAS announces it will apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Nicaragua after learning that crimes against humanity have been committed in that country
December 28, 2018
Washington DC, December 28, 2018 – The Organization of American States (OAS) will begin the process of applying the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Nicaragua, declared Secretary-General
Missions of the IACHR in Nicaragua expelled by the government
Missions of the IACHR in Nicaragua expelled by the government
December 20, 2018
Washington D.C., December 20, 2018. Two missions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Nicaragua tasked with monitoring human rights violations and helping the authorit...
“This is a person who deserved to die.  She should not be in this life”. Review of Colombia’s first-ever conviction for Femicide of a Trans woman
“This is a person who deserved to die.  She should not be in this life”. Review of Colombia’s first-ever conviction for Femicide of a Trans woman
December 19, 2018
The facts Ányela Patricia was a trans woman who worked as a hairdresser in the municipality of Garzón in the department of Huila.  In contrast to the life experiences of other trans women i
POLITICAL PRISONERS IN NICARAGUA: THREE CAMPESINOS DECLARED GUILTY OF TERRORISM
POLITICAL PRISONERS IN NICARAGUA: THREE CAMPESINOS DECLARED GUILTY OF TERRORISM
December 19, 2018
Washington DC, December 19, 2018. Medardo Mairena and Pedro Mena, two leaders of the campesino [peasant/farmer] movement who were imprisoned in July 2018 for demanding justice and democracy ...
PERSECUTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN NICARAGUA: LEGAL STATUS OF CENIDH, HAGAMOS DEMOCRACIA,  IEEPP, CISAS, AND FIVE OTHER NGOs INVALIDATED
PERSECUTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN NICARAGUA: LEGAL STATUS OF CENIDH, HAGAMOS DEMOCRACIA, IEEPP, CISAS, AND FIVE OTHER NGOs INVALIDATED
December 12, 2018
Washington, DC, December 12, 2018 – During the last two weeks, the Nicaraguan government escalated the persecution and criminalization of human rights defenders in the country by utilizing t

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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