HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR

HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR

CIDH, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic, English, Español, IACHR, Spanish
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 29, 2019 - The undersigned organizations express our concern regarding the State’s rejection of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ recent resolution with respect to the Dominican Republic, in which the Court reiterated its jurisdiction to hear cases against that State. The Inter-American Court determined that the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal decision TC-256-14, which, according to the State, would prevent the Court from making any ruling concerning the country, is invalid under international law. On April 26, the Dominican State affirmed in a press conference that it will continue not to recognize the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court on the basis of the TC-256-14 decision, despite the Court’s recent resolution. The current president of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal and the former president of the Republic, Leonel…
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We appreciate the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ resolution requiring urgent measures for Lucía Pineda, Miguel Mora, and 15 other political prisoners

We appreciate the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ resolution requiring urgent measures for Lucía Pineda, Miguel Mora, and 15 other political prisoners

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
Washington, DC, May 22, 2019 – The President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Eduardo Ferrer MacGregor, issued a resolution yesterday, May 21, requiring the State of Nicaragua to immediately adopt the necessary measures to effectively protect the health, life, and personal integrity of 17 persons who were imprisoned for having made use of their legitimate right to protest. Among the beneficiaries of the provisional measures are journalists Miguel Mora Barberena, Director of 100% News Channel, and Lucía Pineda Ubau, Press Officer of 100% News Channel, both of whom are represented by the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality), the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center (CENIDH), and Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation (FVBCH). Pineda Ubau, 45, was detained together with Miguel Mora, 55, on December…
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Human rights defender Vilma Núñez asks the IACHR to demand respect for the right of association in Nicaragua

Human rights defender Vilma Núñez asks the IACHR to demand respect for the right of association in Nicaragua

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, Spanish
Jamaica, May 9, 2019. Yesterday, the President of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH, for its initials in Spanish), Vilma Núñez, asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to address the State of Nicaragua in conjunction with the relevant bodies of the United Nations regarding the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association in the country. That right that has been widely violated by the authorities during the crisis that has enveloped Nicaragua since April 2018. Núñez's request was made during the regional hearing entitled “Human rights, development and freedom of association” during the 172nd session of the IACHR. The hearing occurred five months after the CENIDH’s legal status was invalidated. “Thirty years of work by CENIDH were practically eliminated on December 12, 2018, when the National…
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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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Race and Equality Calls for Peace, Justice and Democracy for Venezuela

Race and Equality Calls for Peace, Justice and Democracy for Venezuela

CIDH, Colombia, Colombia, English, Español, IACHR, OAS, OEA, ONU, Regional, Spanish, UN
Colombia, 1st May 2019 - On April 30th, the interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, called on the Venezuelan population to join "Operation Freedom", a massive demonstration to usher in what he himself describes as the "beginning of the end of the usurpation" of the Nicolás Maduro regime. Along with Guaidó, who issued the call in the early hours of the morning from the military base La Carlota in Caracas, was also the opposition figure Leopoldo López, who until yesterday was a political prisoner, and was freed from house arrest by defecting soldiers. The Maduro regime has described these actions as an attempted coup d'état. In spite of this, the Venezuelan people took to the streets to demand the military forces to join them on the call for justice and…
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