Event to promote the ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance by Colombia

Event to promote the ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance by Colombia

Colombia, English
Bogotá, June 30, 2016. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (the Institute) held a public event in the city of Bogotá with the objective of promoting advocacy efforts aimed at the swift ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance by the Colombian State. Representatives of ethnic organizations, government entities, NGOs and the international community present in Colombia attended. The views expressed by the attendees coincide with the Institute’s position: the urgent need to coordinate advocacy efforts in order to encourage the Colombian State to ratify the Convention. Carlos Quesada, Executive Director of the Institute, gave a presentation which afforded attendees insights into the process that led up to the adoption of the Convention by the Organization of American States (OAS)…
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Human Rights Council Discusses Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance

Human Rights Council Discusses Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance

English, UN
Geneva, Switzerland, June 29th The Human Rights Council held earlier this week, an interactive dialogue with Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, the Special Rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, who presented three reports to the Council, followed by a general debate on racism and racial discrimination. In the presentation of the reports, Mr. Ruteere said that the first of his thematic documents focused on xenophobia, its trends and manifestations, especially in the context of the current migration crisis. He reminded States that strategies for countering xenophobic discrimination must be context-specific and carefully adapted to domestic realities, in which the role of local actors is paramount in designing and implementing tailored, local administrative and other measures to overcome local barriers to integration and peaceful cohabitation. When referring to his second…
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The United Nations Human Rights Council establishes Special Expert to protect the LGBTI community

The United Nations Human Rights Council establishes Special Expert to protect the LGBTI community

English, UN
Geneva, Switzerland. 30 June 2016. In its 32nd session, the UN Human Rights Council has created an Independent Expert dedicated to sexual orientation and gender identity issues. The historic resolution passed in a tight vote of 23 to 18, with 6 abstentions. The person appointed to this role will be known as an “independent expert” and the position is charged with monitoring “violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” This represents the most ambitious effort yet to advance LGBT rights within the United Nations system, with the resolution including the strongest language to date suggesting LGBT rights should be a concern of international human rights law. During the three-hour voting session, the original resolution co-sponsored by the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and…
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General Assembly of the OAS – Presentation of the Report on Violence against LGBTI persons in the Americas in the Dominican Republic

General Assembly of the OAS – Presentation of the Report on Violence against LGBTI persons in the Americas in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, English, OAS
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights co-sponsored an event with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Trans Este Podemos Avanzar - TEPA, and Trans Siempre Amigas -TRANSSA, these last two being Dominican LGBTI rights organizations in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on June 14, 2016. The purpose of the event, held parallel to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was to present the Inter-American Commission’s report Violence against LGBTI Persons in the Americas. The co-organizers welcomed the participation of Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission, who began by summarizing the findings of the report and emphasizing the multi-faceted discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, and intersex persons in the Americas, and the violent consequences this discrimination produces. Inter-American Commission…
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Participation in General Assembly of the OAS – Inter-American Forum of Afro-descendants in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

Participation in General Assembly of the OAS – Inter-American Forum of Afro-descendants in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, English, OAS
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights held the Inter-American Forum on Afro-descendants on Friday, June 10, 2016, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in conjunction with the Jacques Viau Network and DominicanosxDerecho. This annual civil society event, planned to coincide with the Organization of American States’ (OAS) General Assembly, this year brought together over ninety Afro-descendant and LGBTI activists from Latin America and the Caribbean. The main objectives of the Forum were to promote the effective participation of Afro-descendant and LGBTI organizations in the General Assembly and broaden their advocacy opportunities before the OAS, and make more visible the rampant discrimination suffered by Afro-Dominicans and Dominicans of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic. To this end, the morning sessions of the Forum focused generally on the situation of…
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