Raising Awareness in the Afro-Panamanian Population About the Upcoming 2020 Census

Raising Awareness in the Afro-Panamanian Population About the Upcoming 2020 Census

English, Spanish
Washington, D.C., February 5, 2018. The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) participated in Panamanian radio station La Exitosa’s radio program Inclusión (Inclusion); the first radio discussion aimed at the Afro-Panamanian population, which focuses on the next Census in 2020. The program was directed by the distinguished Professor Gerardo Malony, a prominent Afro-Panamanian activist, and featured participants such as Urenna Best, Director of the National Secretariat for Afro-Panamanian Progress (SENADAP, for its initials in Spanish); Mireya Peart, President of the Association of Afro-descendant Women Voices in Panama; Cecilia Ramirez from the Black Women’s Development Center (CEDEMUNEP, for its initials in Spanish); and Elvia Duque, Latin America Program Officer at Race and Equality. The program arrives with great expectations coming from various sectors of the population, on…
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Empowering the Afro-Panamanian Population to Increase their Participation in the 2020 Census

Empowering the Afro-Panamanian Population to Increase their Participation in the 2020 Census

English
Washington, D.C., February 2, 2018. On January 29, 2018, The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) officially commenced a series of activities to support the work of Afro-Panamanian activists in their efforts to develop an adequate self-identification question and an effective participation during the entire census process, which is already underway for 2020. With the help of the National Secretariat for Afro-Panamanian Progress (SENADAP, for its initials in Spanish) and the United States Embassy in Panama, Race and Equality carried out the first workshop in its project, called “Strengthening the Knowledge of Afro-Panamanian Activists, 2020 Census” in the United Nations facilities in Panama City, Panama. The workshop included the participation of Urenna Best, Director of SENADAP and Roboán Gonzalez, Coordinator of the 2020 Census from the…
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Interview with Margarette Macaulay: Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants

Interview with Margarette Macaulay: Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants

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[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1505321067632{margin-top: 60px !important;}"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay is Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  She was formerly a Judge at the Inter-American Court (2007-2012.) As one of Race and Equality’s closest allies, she has met with Afro-descendant groups across the region and advocated in favor of the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance, which came into force last month for Costa Rica and Uruguay.  In your opinion, why is the Convention coming into force at this specific point in time?  This is an ideal time for it to come into force because the issue of racial discrimination is extremely alive in the region. Racism and racial discrimination have always existed but they are advancing at a greater…
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The Inter-American Convention against Racism: A dialogue with experts

The Inter-American Convention against Racism: A dialogue with experts

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[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1505321067632{margin-top: 60px !important;}"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The murder of Afro-Colombian leaders, racial discrimination in the United States, the struggle of the Garifuna people in Honduras and the threat of extinction of the Gullah culture were some of the topics that emerged from a dialogue promoted by Race and Equality, focusing on the challenges and opportunities presented by the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Intolerance and its entry into force this past November. The event was organized at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) headquarters in Washington, D.C., as part of a forum sponsored by the Commission and the Inter-American Court.  The Convention has been effective for the two ratifying States, Costa Rica and Uruguay, since November 11. Representatives of these two States before the Organization of American States…
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Peace Agreement and Afro-Colombians, One Year Later:  “Peace is Costing Us Our Lives”

Peace Agreement and Afro-Colombians, One Year Later: “Peace is Costing Us Our Lives”

Colombia, English, Spanish
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One year after the signing of the Peace Agreement that ended the Colombian internal armed conflict that had lasted more than 50 years against the FARC-EP guerrillas, an assessment of the progress made toward its implementation has not been favorable for Afro-Colombian communities.  The violation of their human rights continues and the legislative and institutional developments that are required for implementing the Agreement are not adequately applying the stipulations of the Ethnic Chapter which is an integral part of the Accords.  The post-Agreement conflicts that have been identified in diverse analyses, including what has been produced by the Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights,[1] have not been appropriately resolved by the Colombian government.  The present article analyzes some of the difficulties and factors that have impeded the conditions that…
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