Vice-President of Costa Rica and Vice-Chairpersons of the UN CERD Committee highlight the need for states to develop Action Plans during the Decade for People of African Descent

Vice-President of Costa Rica and Vice-Chairpersons of the UN CERD Committee highlight the need for states to develop Action Plans during the Decade for People of African Descent

Afro-descendant, English, Spanish, UN, United Nations
“We cannot discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without taking into account historically-marginalized populations”   Coinciding with the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations held in the city of New York, NY; the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica and the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) organized a panel entitled “The United Nations Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice, and Development: The Need for Action Plans to Combat the Historical Inequalities Faced by Afro-descendants.” Epsy Campbell Bar, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, and the Vice-Chairpersons of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Gay McDougall and Pastor Murillo, participated in the panel. The purpose of the event was to explore strategies for the development of…
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Cuba denies existence of racial discrimination to the UN CERD Commitee

Cuba denies existence of racial discrimination to the UN CERD Commitee

Afro-descendant, Cuba, Cuba, English, UN, United Nations
Washington. Sept 16. 2018. On August 16, Cuba categorically denied the existence of racial discrimination in Cuba to the group of independent experts of the United Nations (UN) that form the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) during the review of Cuba under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The purpose of the review is for Cuba to present information on how it has implemented action plans to combat racial discrimination. Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez represented Cuba at the review and stressed during his presentation on behalf of the Cuban state that Cuba does not have a structural or institutional racism problem. He also emphasized that in Cuba, racial and ethnic minorities do not experience any difference in treatment legally, politically, or socially…
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ECLAC monitors the 2020 Panama Census process and the participation of its Afro-descendant population

ECLAC monitors the 2020 Panama Census process and the participation of its Afro-descendant population

Afro-descendant, English, Panama, United Nations
Washington, D.C. August 25, 2018. The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), together with the National Secretariat for Afro-Panamanian Development (SENADAP), arranged for the participation of Fabiana Del Popolo, Demography Coordinator at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE), in a meeting of the Afro-Descendant Technical Group. The meeting was designed to provide support to and empower members of the Afro-Descendant Technical Group. A working table meeting held on August 22, 2018 at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in City of Knowledge, Clayton, Panama, was convened by SENADAP Director Urenna Best. The meeting also included the participation of Joyce Morris of the National Institute for Statistics and Census’ (INEC) Population and Housing Section, and…
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Unanimously Approved US Congressional Resolution Condemns Nicaraguan Governmental Repression Against Its Citizens

Unanimously Approved US Congressional Resolution Condemns Nicaraguan Governmental Repression Against Its Citizens

English, Nicaragua, OAS
On July 25, the United States House of Representatives voted and unanimously approved bipartisan resolution H.Res.981, condemning the violence and repression committed by the Nicaraguan Government of Daniel Ortega, which in the last three months has resulted in the deaths of 295 people, according to the latest update from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The resolution was introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) and co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce,(R-CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-8), Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, among others. In a press release published after the passing of the resolution, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen condemned, on behalf of the co-sponsors of the resolution, the violence, persecution, intimidation and murders by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens and pointed…
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In a time of grief and mourning, Ortega and Murillo celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution

In a time of grief and mourning, Ortega and Murillo celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution

English, Nicaragua
In the midst of grief and mourning over the massacre that has taken place in Nicaragua since the 18th of April, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Vice-President Rosario Murillo celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution. The celebration came a day after that the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution entitled “The Situation in Nicaragua,” in which 21 states condemned the humanitarian crisis and demanded that the national government end the violence and return to dialogue. Despite the violence that has taken the lives of more than three hundred people, injured more than fifteen hundred, and resulted in hundreds of illegal detentions, President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo spoke to their supporters gathered in Juan Pablo II Square to tell their…
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