Cuban government prohibits five activists from traveling to Colombia to participate in the OAS General Assembly

Cuban government prohibits five activists from traveling to Colombia to participate in the OAS General Assembly

CIDH, Cuba, Español, OEA, ONU, Spanish
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) condemns the decision by Cuban authorities to refuse to allow five activists and human rights defenders to leave the country and take part in the organization’s activities during the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of the American States, which is entitled “Innovating to strengthen hemispheric multilateralism” and takes place in Medellín, Colombia June 25-28. On the morning of Monday, June 24, Maricel Napoles and Ileana Colas, activists from the organization Mujeres Esperanza in Santiago, were informed by migration authorities that they had been “regulated;” when questioned by the activists, an official claimed that migration agents “do not make or repeal the rules, that it must have been some minister,” and that they “could travel that same day…
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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Peru, Regional, Spanish
While commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, we remember the unmet obligation of all countries, especially those in Latin America and the Caribbean, to support persons with diverse sexual identities and gender expressions, as well as to acknowledge and protect their rights. Respect for these rights must be the base for creating public policies and programs that create diverse, peaceful, and just societies. Although there has been considerable progress in the recognition of LGBTI rights for people around the globe, violence that endangers the physical and moral integrity of those who express diverse sexual orientations or gender identities is still prevalent. A general lack of concern and complicity on the part of the general population perpetuates and makes it impossible to overcome structural violence against LGBTI people.…
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Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Panama, Peru
Message from Carlos Quesada – Executive Director Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Today, March 21st, we again commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In observing what is happening in the world and in our continent, I can only think about how discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and intolerance are gaining ground. They are highly present in the media, in politics, in our societies and in our daily lives. Fighting for the elimination of all forms of discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, and intolerance is one of the fundamental pillars to promote social cohesion, the right to live, and diversity. I want to call attention to the fact that in our continent, only three countries have ratified the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Intolerance: Costa Rica, Uruguay,…
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“We will continue helping people with disabilities despite all obstacles.”

“We will continue helping people with disabilities despite all obstacles.”

Cuba, English, UN
On March 26 and 27, Cuba will be reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In the spirit of the upcoming review, we present this interview with Juan del Pilar Goberna Hernández, founder of the Red de Cultura Inclusiva. The Red de Cultura Inclusiva [Network of Inclusive Culture] is an independent organization that has provided assistance since 2016 to persons with motor, visual, and auditory disabilities in Cuba as a resource for people with disabilities living in a totalitarian context. One of the drivers of this network is Juan del Pilar Goberna Hernández, a man who completely lost his vision six years ago and decided to dedicate all of his energy to…
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International Women’s Day: WE ARE WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE AND ALL OF US ARE DIVERSE!

International Women’s Day: WE ARE WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE AND ALL OF US ARE DIVERSE!

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Peru, Regional, Spanish
On March 8, 2019, in commemoration of International Women’s Day, the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) remembers and stands with the struggle of all women throughout the world for recognition and guarantees of their rights. Despite the many efforts and clear progress made in the area of rights to improve the state of women in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially as regards the closure of gender gaps, and guarantee women’s real and effective access to health, education, employment, and political and economic participation, the huge challenge remains of overcoming the inequities that persist in virtually all spheres, particularly  when dealing with women who are racialized, ethnic, rural, or have diverse gender identities. According to the data provided by Michelle Bachelet, the current United…
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