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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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Peru, Regional, Spanish
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, to support persons with diverse sexual identities and gender expressions, as well as to acknowledge and protect their rights. Respect for these rights must be the base for creating public policies and programs that create diverse, peaceful, and just societies. Although there has been considerable progress in the recognition of LGBTI rights for people around the globe, violence that endangers the physical and moral integrity of those who express diverse sexual orientations or gender identities is still prevalent. A general lack of concern and complicity on the part of the general population perpetuates and makes it impossible to overcome structural violence against LGBTI people.…
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STATEMENT: We condemn the death of Eddy Montes, a Nicaraguan political prisoner

STATEMENT: We condemn the death of Eddy Montes, a Nicaraguan political prisoner

Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Race and Equality, Spanish
Washington, D.C. May 17, 2019. Mr. Eddy Antonio Montes Praslin, a political prisoner of the Nicaraguan Government who was in the custody of the Jorge Navarro prison authorities (better known as “La Modelo”), died yesterday of a gunshot wound inflicted by a prison guard. The Nicaraguan Minister of the Interior, Luis Cañas, said that Montes Praslin, 57, died at 16:05 hours “while he was being attended by emergency medical personnel who performed a resuscitation procedure.” According to the official version, the prison guard fired a shot in self-defense after Montes Praslin “rushed the penitentiary staff at the security zone,” struggling with one of the guards “with clear intentions of taking his police weapon and menacing the life of the officials.” However, the version of other political prisoners documented by local…
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