Institute supports NGO participation at UN CERD Review of Argentina and Uruguay in Geneva

Institute supports NGO participation at UN CERD Review of Argentina and Uruguay in Geneva

English, UN
Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) opened its ninety-first session on November 21, 2016, with an address by Paulo David, Chief of the Capacity Building and Harmonization Section of the Human Rights Treaties Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. During the Committee’s session, which lasted until December 9, it reviewed anti-discrimination efforts undertaken by Argentina and Uruguay, among other countries. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights supported Lourdes Martinez, who represented COLECTIVA MUJERES, CLADEM, ATABAQUE, and AFROGAMA; Vicenta Camusso, who represented the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora; and Miriam Gomes, who represented the Sociedad Caboverdana of Argentina. The three made remarks during the informal meeting for civil society organizations held on November 22,…
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Vice-President of AFRODES Colombia Participates as Expert Panelist at 2016 UN Forum on Minority Issues

Vice-President of AFRODES Colombia Participates as Expert Panelist at 2016 UN Forum on Minority Issues

Colombia, English, UN
Bogotá, December 7, 2016. The Vice-President of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES), Erlendy Cuero, participated in the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues, held in Geneva, Switzerland, November 22-24, 2016. Specifically, Erlendy participated in two of the Forum’s sessions: she was part of a meeting of experts who reviewed the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations, which will be published in 2017, and she was a panelist for the session on “Protecting Minority Rights as a Means of Preventing and Mitigating the Impact of Humanitarian Crises on Minorities.” The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights provided Erlendy technical assistance during her participation. At the conclusion of the Forum, the Special Rapporteur on minority issues recognized Erlendy for her contributions. The topic of this year’s Forum was “Minorities in Situations of…
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Displaced Afro-Colombian community in Cali holds meeting to analyze the situation of the peace process in Colombia.

Displaced Afro-Colombian community in Cali holds meeting to analyze the situation of the peace process in Colombia.

Colombia, English
Bogota, November 1, 2016.  On October 28, the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES), with support from the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (IREHR) held a meeting with 50 members of the internally displaced Afro-Colombian community in Cali, including several leaders of organizations representing displaced persons. The name of the meeting was Workshop/Dialogue – Afro-Colombians Displaced in Cali: Facing the Current Peace Process Situation. The event included participation of representatives of the office for consultation of the peace process of the Cali Mayor’s Office. Pedro L. Cortés-Ruiz, the Colombian Consultant and Representative of IREHR in Colombia, coordinated the event with the support of Erlendy Cuero, Vice-President of AFRODES. The goal of the event was to promote a dialogue to help organizations deepen their analysis of and reflections on…
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The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights releases a new publication with analysis on the Colombian peace process and the situation of Afro-Colombian populations

The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights releases a new publication with analysis on the Colombian peace process and the situation of Afro-Colombian populations

Colombia, English
Bogotá, October 14, 2016. The Colombian office of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (IREHR) is pleased to publically release its first policy paper on Afro-Colombians and the post-accords, titled “Afrocolombianos, Afrocolombianas y Post-Acuerdo: Análisis de condiciones para la adopción de un enfoque diferencial étnico-afrocolombiano.” This paper aims to analyze the necessary conditions in the post-accord environment for the implementation of a differential ethnic approach to peace for Afro-Colombians. The analyses presented in this report were carefully constructed prior to the results of the national plebiscite on October 2, 2016, whose unfavorable results halted the implementations of the final Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla forces. Despite the fact that regions with majority ethnic populations voted largely in favor of the final Peace Accords,…
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Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants and against Racial Discrimination, Visits Brazil with the Support of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants and against Racial Discrimination, Visits Brazil with the Support of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Brazil, English
Washington, D.C., October 17, 2016. Recognizing the important work that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) carries out through its various rapporteurships, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights sponsored a promotional visit to Brazil this September 27-30 for Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay, Rapporteur on the Rights of Women and Rapporteur on the Rights of Afrodescendants and against Racial Discrimination. The purpose of the visit was to collect information regarding the situation of violence faced by Afro-Brazilian women and to promote the work of the both rapporteurships. The visit was made possible in coordination with our Brazilian partners: Geledes – Instituto da Mulher Negra, from São Paulo; Criola, from Rio de Janeiro; as well as the Articulação de Organizações de Mulheres Negras do Brasil (AMNB) through the Odara…
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