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

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
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 two journalists represented by Race and Equality, Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora, Editor-in-Chief and Director of the 100% News Channel, respectively. The release of the political prisoners was done under the recently approved Law No. 996, the Amnesty Law, whose approval merited international condemnation for the impunity that it promotes with respect to crimes against humanity committed by the authorities and parastatal forces. This law threatens political prisoners with the loss of the amnesty if they again commit acts that constitute the crimes for which the law grants amnesty. The Nicaraguan authorities have not managed to address the clamor for justice…
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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

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
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 termination of criminal proceedings for those who have been released after being detained in the context of the April’s protests. In exchange, no investigation will be carried out against those responsible for the lethal violence used by the State to suppress the protests, which caused more than 325 deaths, including 24 children and teenagers and 21 policemen. Additionally, two thousand people have been wounded. Race and Equality recalls that the Nicaraguan government had already committed to release all political prisoners by June 18, through an agreement signed at the negotiating table that was attended by the Apostolic Nuncio Waldemar Sommertag,…
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HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR

HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR

CIDH, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic, English, Español, IACHR, Spanish
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’ recent resolution with respect to the Dominican Republic, in which the Court reiterated its jurisdiction to hear cases against that State. The Inter-American Court determined that the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal decision TC-256-14, which, according to the State, would prevent the Court from making any ruling concerning the country, is invalid under international law. On April 26, the Dominican State affirmed in a press conference that it will continue not to recognize the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court on the basis of the TC-256-14 decision, despite the Court’s recent resolution. The current president of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal and the former president of the Republic, Leonel…
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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

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
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 immediately adopt the necessary measures to effectively protect the health, life, and personal integrity of 17 persons who were imprisoned for having made use of their legitimate right to protest. Among the beneficiaries of the provisional measures are journalists Miguel Mora Barberena, Director of 100% News Channel, and Lucía Pineda Ubau, Press Officer of 100% News Channel, both of whom are represented by the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality), the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center (CENIDH), and Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation (FVBCH). Pineda Ubau, 45, was detained together with Miguel Mora, 55, on December…
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Afro-Colombians, be strong, and hope for peace in your country!

Afro-Colombians, be strong, and hope for peace in your country!

Colombia, English, Spanish
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 achieve their liberty. On this day, we bring awareness to the roles Afro-Descendant, Black, Raizal, and Palenque peoples have in constructing Colombia as a country and recovering Colombians historical memory. Additionally, we must highlight how they have been able to build their own communities for developing their ancestral territories, and, above all, autonomously defend their own lives in all its dimensions. Law 725 establishes that national municipalities are required to support Afro-descendent Colombians by granting them access to health services, education, and work, as well as provide them with equal social, political, and economic conditions. Nonetheless, after slavery was abolished…
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