14 Afro-descendant, indigenous, and campesino leaders assassinated during the first month of 2019

14 Afro-descendant, indigenous, and campesino leaders assassinated during the first month of 2019

CIDH, Colombia, IACHR, OAS, UN
Bogota, Colombia.  January 29 2019. The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) expresses profound concern regarding the alarming number of grassroots social leaders assassinated in Colombia through the end of the first month of the year, a period in which approximately 14 homicides of male and female indigenous people, Afro-descendants, and campesinos were reported. We emphatically reject and condemn the systematicity of the acts of violence, especially those directed against the Afro-descendant and indigenous populations in the country – peoples who have been historically marginalized and abused due to structural poverty, forced displacement, [and] a lack of access to healthcare, education, employment, and protective guarantees that ensure the integrity of their fundamental rights. We urge the Colombian State and people to not ignore the number…
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COLOMBIA: NOT ONE STEP BACK, ONWARD TOWARD PEACE! – Pronouncement –

COLOMBIA: NOT ONE STEP BACK, ONWARD TOWARD PEACE! – Pronouncement –

Colombia, Colombia, English, IACHR, OAS, Spanish, UN
Bogotá, Colombia, January 18, 2019 – The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) emphatically rejects and condemns the acts of violence that have plunged Colombians into mourning during the first 15 days of the year.  We condemn all types of violence that threaten the intention of the Colombian people to advance in the joint construction of a stable and lasting peace throughout the territory. The assassination of the 10 social leaders that increases the shocking number of deaths of human rights defenders following the signing of the Peace Accords in September 2016 and the recent terrorist attack on the Escuela General Santander [General Santander School] in the city of Bogotá have to date left a total of 21 dead and 68 injured, according to what…
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November 20 – International Day of Transsexual Memory

November 20 – International Day of Transsexual Memory

Brazil, Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, IACHR, Nicaragua, OAS, Panama, Peru, Regional, UN
“I am convinced that the engine of change is love.  The love we were denied is our impetus to change the world.  All of the blows and slights I suffered cannot compare with the infinite love that surrounds me at this time.” - Lohana Berkins (1965-2016), transvestite activist On the International Day of Transsexual Memory, the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights honors the memory of transsexuals who have lost their lives as a result of acts of intolerance, hate, and discrimination due to their gender identity in Latin America and the Caribbean.  November 20 is also a day to celebrate the lives of transsexuals who, despite social exclusion, limits on exercising their rights, and the absence of social policies that address their basic needs, continue their fight…
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#VenezuelaMigrates: Civil Society Organizations launch Plan of Action to protect migrants and refugees from Venezuela

#VenezuelaMigrates: Civil Society Organizations launch Plan of Action to protect migrants and refugees from Venezuela

Brazil, Colombia, English, IACHR, OAS, Panama, Peru, Spanish, UN
WASHINGTON, DC. November 16, 2018.- Since the beginning of the year, The International Institute of Race, equality and Human Rights, as part of the organizations belonging to the Venezuelan Human Mobility Group, have been following the with great concern  the human rights situation of migrants and refugees forced to leave Venezuela. As a result, we called for a concerted regional response on August 22. This was followed up on September 19 with an initial blueprint that could support this work. Despite efforts made so far, national and international spaces continue to require greater efficiency and coordination in their regional response to the crisis. To date, there is still little clarity throughout the continent on the best protocols to respond the needs of three million migrants and refugees from Venezuela, in…
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Race & Equality Holds a Training Workshop on International Human Rights Mechanisms with the First Organization Comprised of LGBTI Afro-Descendants in Colombia

Race & Equality Holds a Training Workshop on International Human Rights Mechanisms with the First Organization Comprised of LGBTI Afro-Descendants in Colombia

Colombia, English, IACHR, Spanish, UN
The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality), within the framework of the project on racial justice funded by the Ford Foundation, held the first training workshop on international human rights mechanisms for the team from Fundación Arcoíris de Tumaco [Rainbow Foundation from Tumaco], the only organization working specifically on heightening the visibility and defending the rights of LGBTI Afro-descendants in Colombia. The objective of the workshop was for Fundación Arcoíris de Tumaco to learn about the mechanisms that exist to protect human rights within the Inter-American System of Human Rights and the United Nations System.  The use of these mechanisms will be greatly relevant, given the context of extreme violence in this region of the country, wherein LGBTI Afro-Colombians experience differentiated impacts on their human…
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