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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Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk
Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk
July 16, 2019
Bogota, 15 July 2019.  Afrocolombian leaders were declared “military targets” by the clandestine group Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) in a text message received July 13, 2019. The text inc
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBTI Program Assistant
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBTI Program Assistant
July 12, 2019
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2014, working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grassroot...
“The situation in Nicaragua continues to be critical,” says the OHCHR
“The situation in Nicaragua continues to be critical,” says the OHCHR
July 12, 2019
The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, said today before the UN Human Rights Council that the situation in Nicaragua remains critical: authorities contin...
UN renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
UN renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
July 12, 2019
“This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, but for humanity as a whole.” (Geneva, July 12, 2019) - In a defining vote,
Journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau: “They stole six months of our lives in prison”
Journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau: “They stole six months of our lives in prison”
July 9, 2019
After spending six months in prison as a political prisoner, journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau stood in front of a cellphone camera and began broadcasting live to the 100% News Channel audience f
Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean held a private meeting with the IACHR Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI persons during the 49th OAS General Assembly
Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean held a private meeting with the IACHR Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI persons during the 49th OAS General Assembly
July 5, 2019
Colombia, July 2 2019.  During the week in which the 49th OAS General Assembly was held in Medellin, Colombia, members of the Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean from Braz

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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