SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD AND INCLUDED! Today We Commemorate the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women

SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD AND INCLUDED! Today We Commemorate the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women

Afro-descendant, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Peru, Spanish
July 25 marks the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women. The commemorative date was established in 1992 after a meeting in the Dominican Republic of more than 400 women from diverse Latin American countries, where they analyzed the consequences of racism and sexism in the region. The meeting also provided a space for attendees to articulate joint actions and remember historic struggles to combat these issues. On this day we remember that the fight to bring down the humiliations caused by discrimination, poverty, and violence is ongoing. Participatory spaces are closed off because of racist and discriminatory logic against women and Afro-descendants which prevail. Women from the region continue to be the victims of a hostile war committed to condemn their voices and their chants, to violate their…
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Afro-Colombians and Human Rights: What the Incoming President and the Opposition Must Guarantee!

Afro-Colombians and Human Rights: What the Incoming President and the Opposition Must Guarantee!

Colombia, English, Spanish
The results of the May 17 presidential election will have a big impact on the political, social and institutional conditions that determine the protection of Afro-Colombian communities’ human rights – in particular, those who have been victims of the armed conflict, racial discrimination, and have been historically excluded. The election of Ivan Duque as the new President of Colombia for 2018-2022 with 53.98% of the votes (10,372,730) and the votes of 8,034,089 citizens (41.8%) for Gustavo Petro, establish a political scenario with significant implications for these communities. As the new head of the executive branch, Duque will have a strict responsibility to uphold Afro-Colombian rights, which stem from the Constitution, the country’s internal laws, and from the chapters of the Peace Accords. He must also abide by international human rights…
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The Human Rights Situation of Afro-descendants in Latin America Presents a Scenario Full of Discrimination and Collective Violence

The Human Rights Situation of Afro-descendants in Latin America Presents a Scenario Full of Discrimination and Collective Violence

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, English, OAS, Peru
On June 4, The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) held a panel conversation on the “Human Rights Situation of Afro-descendants in Latin America” as a side event to the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States. The dialogue featured Afro-descendant leaders and experts from Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru, and sought to present the circumstances of Afro-descendant populations’ rights in the region, and the collaborative work that each country has been doing on these situations. Washington Office on Latin America President Matthew Clausen opened the dialogue with some introductory remarks. WOLA has been carrying out international efforts with other Afro-descendant organizations seeking to protect Afro-descendant rights in the Americas and has also recently been…
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How did Colombia do at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)?

How did Colombia do at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)?

Colombia, English, OAS, Spanish
On May 10, Colombia underwent a review of its human rights record during the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland. The UPR is the main mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council to review the human rights records of each of the 193 UN member states and issue recommendations to improve the state’s public policies. After each revision, carried out every 5 years, a final report is issued that lists the recommendations which the state should implement before the next review period. During the session, Colombia’s Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Rivera, stated that “today, Colombia is a different country” and that achieving lasting peace from the armed conflict is the best way to guarantee the promotion and protection of human rights for all Colombians.…
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Race and Equality hosts meetings in Colombia with the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance.

Race and Equality hosts meetings in Colombia with the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance.

Colombia, English, Spanish
Bogota, March 1, 2018. The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race and Equality) hosted public and private meetings in Bogota, Colombia with Miss E. Tendayi Achiume -  the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance. During the public meeting, the Special Rapporteur’s mandate was discussed and explained. The private meeting was arranged exclusively with Afro-Colombian organizations. Miss Achiume was in Colombia to attend the 167th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ (IACHR). Close to 80 participants attended the public informative meeting; including members of ethnic organizations, government institutions, local and international non-governmental organizations, aid and cooperation agencies, and interested members of the public. Ms. Achiume explained the functions of her mandate as well as the mechanisms…
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