STATEMENT: We condemn the death of Eddy Montes, a Nicaraguan political prisoner

STATEMENT: We condemn the death of Eddy Montes, a Nicaraguan political prisoner

Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Race and Equality, Spanish
Washington, D.C. May 17, 2019. Mr. Eddy Antonio Montes Praslin, a political prisoner of the Nicaraguan Government who was in the custody of the Jorge Navarro prison authorities (better known as “La Modelo”), died yesterday of a gunshot wound inflicted by a prison guard. The Nicaraguan Minister of the Interior, Luis Cañas, said that Montes Praslin, 57, died at 16:05 hours “while he was being attended by emergency medical personnel who performed a resuscitation procedure.” According to the official version, the prison guard fired a shot in self-defense after Montes Praslin “rushed the penitentiary staff at the security zone,” struggling with one of the guards “with clear intentions of taking his police weapon and menacing the life of the officials.” However, the version of other political prisoners documented by local…
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Human rights defenders denounce the context of serious violence faced by Indigenous and Afro-descendant people of the Nicaraguan Caribbean

Human rights defenders denounce the context of serious violence faced by Indigenous and Afro-descendant people of the Nicaraguan Caribbean

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Race and Equality, Regional, Spanish
Jamaica, May 8, 2019. The indigenous and Afro-descendant communities of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua are facing a serious situation of violence as a result of the invasions of ancestral territories by settlers, human rights defenders denounced today before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), during its 172nd period of sessions. Lottie Cunningham of the Center for Justice and Human Rights of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast (CEJUDHCAN, for its initials in Spanish), explained that the conflict between indigenous people and settlers has had “devastating consequences,” because it has impacted rights to integrity, health, food, access to water, a healthy environment, cultural identity, and a decent life. Furthermore, this situation has resulted in the forced displacement of indigenous communities, seriously affecting their traditional ways of life. The hearing entitled “Situation of…
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We continue demanding freedom, justice, and democracy for Nicaragua

We continue demanding freedom, justice, and democracy for Nicaragua

CIDH, Español, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, OEA, ONU, Race and Equality, Regional, Spanish, UN
[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Washington, DC, April 18, 2019 – Today marks one year since a genuine popular uprising began in Nicaragua led by young people, which has ended up changing the country’s direction in pursuit of three concrete demands: freedom for those who have been arbitrarily arrested and the reestablishment of constitutional freedoms, rights, and guarantees; justice for the victims of the repression [and] guarantees of reparations and non-repetition; and democracy for the country. What has happened in Nicaragua Twelve months ago, a group of mostly university students together with older people organized protests in the cities of León and Managua due to some reforms that were made to the Social Security Law without holding consultations.  The repression on April 18, 2018 against older people, youth, and journalists by government-aligned mobs…
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More than 60 female political prisoners have been subjected to different forms of violence in Nicaragua

More than 60 female political prisoners have been subjected to different forms of violence in Nicaragua

CIDH, English, Español, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Race and Equality, Regional, Spanish
February 14th, 2019. Around 68 female political prisoners of the Government of Nicaragua are facing different forms of violence, including violation of guarantees of due process, cruel and inhuman treatment, discrimination, sexual violence, lack of medical attention, threats, and harassment. This situation was denounced yesterday by representatives of civil society during the private hearing “Human Rights Situation of Women Deprived of Liberty in Nicaragua,” held in Bolivia during the 171st session of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR). Among the speakers during the private audience were representatives of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), the Center for Health Information and Advisory Services (CISAS, for its initials in Spanish) and the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH, for its initials in Spanish). The latter two organizations…
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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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