Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Rights of LGBTI People in Cuba

Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Rights of LGBTI People in Cuba

Cuba, English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Washington DC, Monday, October 19, 2015 Independent Cuban LGBTI activists, in coordination with the Institute for Race, Equality and Human Rights participated in a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in order present a report on the human rights situation of LGBTI people in Cuba. Juana Mora Cedeño of Arco Iris Libre de Cuba (Free Rainbow of Cuba) and Sisi Montiel of the Red Trans Fantasía (Fantasy Trans Network) appeared on behalf of independent Cuban LGBTI civil society, and Carlos Quesada, Executive Director of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human, joined the activists to present on the situation of discrimination and unequal protection of rights experienced by LGBTI people in Cuba. No representative of…
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Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Situation of Afro-Costa Ricans

Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Situation of Afro-Costa Ricans

English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Washington DC, Friday, October 23rd 2015 Carlos Quesada of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, in conjunction with Costa Rican co-petitioner Catherine McKinley of the Asociación para el Desarrollo de las Mujeres Negras Costarricences (the Association for the Development of Costa Rican Black Women), in representation of the Afro-Costa Rican groups the Unión Afrodescendiente Asesora (the Afro-Descendant Advisory Union) and the Red Nacional de Jóvenes Afrocostarricenses (the National Network of Afro-Costa Rican Youth), participated in a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in order to present to the Commission a current overview of the challenges facing Afro-Costa Ricans. Catherine McKinley presented information on the number of Afro-Costa Ricans from the latest 2011 National…
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Towards the Inclusion of the Afro-Descendant Variable in Peru’s Official Data

Towards the Inclusion of the Afro-Descendant Variable in Peru’s Official Data

English, Peru
On February 12-13, the Centro de Desarrollo de la Mujer Negra Peruana [Center for the Development of Black Peruvian Women] and the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights held a Workshop Toward the Inclusion of the Afro-Descendent Variable in Official Data, in Lima, Peru, with the goal of defining the participation of Afro-Peruvians in the upcoming 2017 National Census. The workshop was funded by the Andean Division of the Ford Foundation. Eighteen members of Peruvian civil society participated in the event, along with several government representatives, including Owen Lay, Director of Policy for Afro-Peruvians and the Vice-Minister of Intercultural Affairs, who spoke to participants about the preliminary results of Special Study on the Afro-Peruvian Population, a project undertaken last year whose objectives were, amongst other goals, to gather specific,…
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Conference of Latin American and Caribbean LGBTI Political Leaders

Conference of Latin American and Caribbean LGBTI Political Leaders

English
INTRODUCTION: The Conference of Latin American and Caribbean LGBTI Political Leaders is a space for reflection, dialogue and an exchange of experiences between Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) leaders and their allies that will allow participants to identify advances, challenges and best practices in the participation of LGBTI activists in the region’s political processes. The ultimate objective of the conference is to promote and make visible the political participation of LGBTI activists in democratic state institutions, regional democratic processes, as well as in international human rights bodies. The conference will be held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on October 2-3, 2015. Over 200 participants are expected to attend. Activities over the two-day period will include discussion, trainings, professional development activities, and the creation of new networks on key topics. TIME…
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Oral Traditions from Parents to Children, Colombia’s Indigenous for Peace

Oral Traditions from Parents to Children, Colombia’s Indigenous for Peace

English
In Colombia’s indigenous cultures the oral tradition is passed from parents to children, giving birth to a new generation of poets committed to peace in a country looking for a negotiated solution to the armed conflict that has ravaged it for more than half a century. “It is like seeing the light through our ancestral fabric,” explains Lindantonella Solano, from the Wayuu people, explaining the kind of poetry that is deeply rooted in indigenous tradition. For Solano, her poetry is “like the swell of waves that is the poetic ocean of the peninsula” of La Guajira, an area situated in the north of Colombia and where the Wayuu people are from. “From theses narratives,” Solano adds, “come the stories of our grandparents that tell everything that happened where she was…
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