The Outcome of the International Decade for People of African Descent in the Americas Depends on All of Us

The Outcome of the International Decade for People of African Descent in the Americas Depends on All of Us

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[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1505321067632{margin-top: 60px !important;}"][vc_column width="2/3"] On December 8, 2018 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will hold a consultation on the regional mechanisms to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other related forms of intolerance. This is a good time to take stock of the situation facing people of African descent in the Americas. In 2018, seventeen years after the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) in Durban, South Africa, where does the region stand in terms of these issues? Given the lack of progress on the Durban agenda, the United Nation General Assembly introduced the International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024. This effort builds on the recommendations adopted at the 2001 World Conference against Racism (WCAR) in Durban, South…
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Defensores LGBTI aún se enfrentan a grandes desafíos en Latinoamérica

Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, English, Español, OEA, ONU, Panama, Regional, Spanish
Washington, D.C., 5 de diciembre de 2018. Aunque las protecciones legales de la comunidad LGBTI se han ido fortaleciendo en América Latina y el reconocimiento de sus derechos humanos ha ganado grandes espacios, esta población  aún se enfrenta a patrones graves de discriminación y violencia que se han visto atizados por circunstancias que incluyen discursos de odio construidos por grupos religiosos o problemáticas políticas coyunturales, explicaron hoy en Washington D.C. expertos en el tema que trabajan en la región. Durante el conversatorio “Defender los derechos LGBTIQ en Centroamérica: obstáculos y avances en derecho y cultura”, organizado por Diálogo Interamericano, los ponentes también se enfocaron en los aspectos que limitan aún más el acceso a derechos por parte de las personas LGBTI, como la racialidad o la pobreza. Fanny Gómez, Directora Superior…
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LGBTIQ community is more vulnerable after the start of the crisis in Nicaragua, according to activists

LGBTIQ community is more vulnerable after the start of the crisis in Nicaragua, according to activists

Español, NIcaragua, Spanish
Washington, DC. November 30th, 2018. The LGBTIQ community has been traditionally discriminated against, however, since the human rights crisis started in Nicaragua last April, the violations of their human rights have worsened. According to activists who spoke with the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), this community has suffered from discrimination and harassment in a more targeted and systematic way in recent months. “Being gay or lesbian in Nicaragua, especially in this context where violence is more socially justified, puts us in a more vulnerable condition,” says Alex, a 25-year-old gay man who lives in a small city in northern Nicaragua. According to the young activist, they’re vulnerable “not only because we don’t agree with a totalitarian political system, but because we are considered sexual deviants.”…
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Human rights defender was stripped of her Nicaraguan nationality and expelled arbitrarily by the authorities

Human rights defender was stripped of her Nicaraguan nationality and expelled arbitrarily by the authorities

CIDH, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OEA, Regional, Spanish
Washington, D.C., November 27th 2018. Ana Quirós Víquez, Director of the Center for Health Information and Advisory Services (CISAS), a Nicaraguan citizen with dual nationality, was illegally expelled from Nicaragua on Monday, November 26th, after immigration authorities annulled the Nicaraguan nationality she had acquired 21 years ago. The decision of the authorities is clearly arbitrary. Quirós, who was attending an appointment at the General Directorate of Migration and Foreign Affairs (DGME, for its initials in Spanish), was informed by a migration officer that a legal resolution annulling her Nicaraguan nationality had been issued. In addition, the authorities told her she was forbidden from returning to Nicaragua for the next five years. She was not allowed to exercise her right to defense or to appeal the decision, even though these rights are…
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Nicaraguan human rights defenders will talk in Geneva about the evolution of the crisis in their country

Nicaraguan human rights defenders will talk in Geneva about the evolution of the crisis in their country

Afro-descendant, Discrimination, LGBTI, Nicaragua, OAS, Spanish
Seven months after the current human rights crisis started in Nicaragua as a result of the government's repression of peaceful protests, a group of human right defenders will hold a public conversation in Geneva on November 28th with the aim of making visible the consequences and permanence of the crisis. The crisis continues now with the prohibition of civic demonstrations and the prosecution of hundreds of protestants, students and activists who have been arrested for participating in protests and are being subjected to trials in which the guarantees of due process are disregarded. In the conversation, organized by the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), the human rights defenders will describe their own experiences during the crisis and the risks they face in their daily…
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