Race and Equality Welcomes Implementation of Protection Measures for Erlendy Cuero Bravo, Vice-President of AFRODES

Race and Equality Welcomes Implementation of Protection Measures for Erlendy Cuero Bravo, Vice-President of AFRODES

Colombia, English, Race and Equality
August 29, 2017 | Washington, DC The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights welcomes the decision by the State of Colombia to implement protection measures ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in favor of Erlendy Cuero Bravo and her family. The measures are part of the implementation of Precautionary Measure 658-16 granted to Ms. Cuero Bravo and her family by the Inter-American Commission in December 2016. Since then, Race and Equality has been advocating for the implementation of those measures by the Colombian State, through its National Protection Unit. Ms. Cuero Bravo is Vice-President of the Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES) and a human rights activist based in Cali, Colombia. As a result of her work with Afro-Colombian communities displaced by the internal armed conflict, Ms.…
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National Network of Black LGBT Persons in Brazil and the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons (FONATRANS) Denounce Violence Against LGBTI Afro-Brazilians Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

National Network of Black LGBT Persons in Brazil and the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons (FONATRANS) Denounce Violence Against LGBTI Afro-Brazilians Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Brazil, English, IACHR, Race and Equality
Representatives of the National Network of Black LGBT Persons in Brazil, the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons (FONATRANS), and the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights presented a report on violence against the black LGBTI community during the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ public hearing “Complaints of Violence against Afro-descendant LGBTI Persons in Brazil,” which took place during the Comission’s 161st period of sessions on March 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Janaina Oliveira and Washington Dias, both members of the Coordinating Committee of the National Network of Black LGBTI Persons in Brazil, and Alessandra Ramos, National Coordinator of the National Forum for Black Transgender Persons, as well as Carlos Quesada, Executive Director the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, presented extra-official data that showed a sharp increase…
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The Institute Participates in IACHR Thematic Hearing on “Investigating Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Colombia”

The Institute Participates in IACHR Thematic Hearing on “Investigating Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Colombia”

Colombia, English, Race and Equality
On March 21, the thematic hearing “Investigating Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Colombia” was held at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Through its representative for Colombia, Pedro L. Cortes-Ruiz, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights participated in the hearing as petitioner, together with representatives of the Marcha Patriótica and a collective of human rights organizations represented by the Corporación para la Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos Reiniciar. The hearing was requested by the Colombian government. In its presentation, led by Assistant Attorney General María Paulina Riveros, the government offered an assessment of the adjustments being implemented by the Office of the Attorney General to improve investigations into attacks on human rights defenders and strengthen protection and prevention mechanisms. The government also requested…
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Independent Cuban Activists Inform the Inter-American Commission on Afro-Cubans’ Rights Situation

Independent Cuban Activists Inform the Inter-American Commission on Afro-Cubans’ Rights Situation

Cuba, English, Race and Equality
Washington, D.C., March 21, 2017: Members of independent Cuban civil society reported on the human rights situation of Afro-descendant Cubans in a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. No representative of the Cuban government attended the hearing. Commissioner Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, Rapporteur for Cuba, lamented the state’s absence and reaffirmed that the Commission continues to invite Cuba to resume participation in its activities. Juan Antonio Madrazo of the Citizens’ Committee for Racial Integration (CIR) opened civil society’s remarks and noted that the hearing was being held on an important day, March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Madrazo testified that the civil society delegation came before the Commission to “contribute to ensuring our society is free from racial discrimination and racism.” He added…
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On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, States must strengthen their normative and Institutional frameworks

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, States must strengthen their normative and Institutional frameworks

English, OAS, Race and Equality, UN
Washington DC, March 21, 2017. On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights adheres to all forms of expressions from state and non-state actors, international organizations, and everyone who today, express their commitment to reinforce efforts leading to the elimination of racial discrimination. Particularly, we wish to express admiration and recognition to the many Afrodescendant communities and organizations with whom we work with in Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, and the Dominican Republic), as well as the regional networks of Afrodescendants. These defenders work tirelessly day and night to protect the rights of the most excluded and discriminated Afrodescendant communities in their countries. Their work and compromise are incessant, despite the structural nature of racial discrimination which they…
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