JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT LATIN AMERICA LEGAL PROGRAM OFFICER International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, D.C. Start date: Oct. 1, 2019 The  International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2014 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grassroots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote human rights race and combat discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our work largely focuses on the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities.  Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and…
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In the midst of the crisis in Nicaragua, human rights of indigenous and Afro-descendants continue to be violated

In the midst of the crisis in Nicaragua, human rights of indigenous and Afro-descendants continue to be violated

English, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish, Spanish
Washington, D.C. August 14th, 2019. Repression and extrajudicial killings that occurred in several cities in Nicaragua since April 2018, especially in the urban areas of the Pacific and central zone of Nicaragua, were behaviors already known by the indigenous and Afro-descendant communities of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. “We have already lived through these forms of repression in our communities since 2015” although under different motivations, affirms the president of the Center for Justice and Human Rights of Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast (CEJUDHCAN, for its initials in Spanish), Lottie Cunningham. In the midst of the socio-political and human rights crisis that Nicaragua is going through, the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant people continue to be predominantly violated in two ways: for the violation of their self-determination and autonomy, and for the lack…
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Nicaraguan refugees living in Mexico and Central America held a summit in Costa Rica

Nicaraguan refugees living in Mexico and Central America held a summit in Costa Rica

English, LGBTI, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Regional
San José, Costa Rica. From July 29th to the 31st, a group of LGBTI Nicaraguan refugees living in Mexico and Central America held a summit in San José, Costa Rica to promote discussion about the human rights of LGBTI refugees. In particular, the summit addressed violations and vulnerabilities resulting from workplace and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In the course of the summit, which was organized by the Mesa LGBTI de Nicaragua with the support of Race and Equality, participants reiterated that the circumstances which caused them to leave Nicaragua, the precarity of their situation in their host country, and experiences of discrimination have all combined to harm their emotional and mental health. This reality has not yet been identified and addressed in the international…
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Crisis in Nicaragua: extrajudicial killings, detentions and persecution continue

Crisis in Nicaragua: extrajudicial killings, detentions and persecution continue

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
Washington, D.C. July 30th, 2019. A resurgence of the human rights crisis that Nicaragua has suffered since April 2018 has taken place in recent weeks with the occurrence of extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions committed by police and parastatal armed groups, especially in rural areas, as well as the persecution of human rights defenders and journalists. Extrajudicial killings The selective persecution of peasants and social leaders in rural areas is not new, since the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH, for its initials in Spanish) has documented its occurrence since 2007. However, the executive director of CENIDH, Marlin Sierra, points out that this type of case has been a continuation of the actions that were carried out in previous years. “The pattern they are using is the same: these are people…
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Venezuela, Nicaragua and LGBTI issues: key points of the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council

Venezuela, Nicaragua and LGBTI issues: key points of the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council

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Geneva, July 16th 2019.  A report on the human rights situation in Venezuela presented by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and an update on the state of human rights in Nicaragua presented by Deputy High Commissioner Kate Gilmore, as well as the mandate renewal of the UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, were all key agenda items during the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council. The 41st session of the Human Rights Council, which took place between June 24 and July 12 at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, was marked by the Latin American agenda. In her opening speech, Bachelet expressed concern about the setbacks experienced in Latin America that affect important achievements made by victims, human rights defenders and political…
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