Brazil is the country with the greatest number of assassinations of trans persons in the world

Brazil is the country with the greatest number of assassinations of trans persons in the world

Brazil, English, IACHR, OAS, UN
Washington, DC, January 30, 2019 – With a rate of 41% in the world ranking of assassinations of trans persons, Brazil has become the country that kills the most individuals with this gender identity, according to the 2018 Dossier on Assassinations and Violence against Transvestites and Transsexuals in Brazil, a report published this Tuesday by the Asociación Nacional de Travestis y Transexuales [National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals] (ANTRA) of Brazil and the Instituto Brasileño Trans de Educación [Brazilian Trans Institute of Education] (IBTE). According to the report, in 2018 alone, a total of 163 trans persons violently lost their lives through assassinations related to their sexuality, 158 of whom were transvestites and transsexual women, four were trans men, and one a non-binary person. As set forth in the report,…
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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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Organizations supporting LGBTI persons’ rights issue a warning regarding the grave crisis over human rights in the country

Organizations supporting LGBTI persons’ rights issue a warning regarding the grave crisis over human rights in the country

Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, English, Español, IACHR, OAS, ONU, Spanish, UN
The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality), Instituto Transformar [Transform Institute] of Brazil, TRANS Siempre Amigas [TRANS Always Friends] (TRANSSA) of the Dominican Republic, Corporación Caribe Afirmativo [Affirmative Caribbean Corporation] of Colombia, Fundación Arcoiris de Tumaco [Tumaco Rainbow Foundation] of Colombia, [and] Red Peruana de Jóvenes Afrodescendientes Ashantí [Ashanti Peruvian Network of Afro-Descendant Youth] of Peru express extreme concern regarding the grave state of vulnerability of LGBTI persons’ rights in Brazil.  In light of the more than 160 recorded homicides in 2018 of LGBTI persons, the occurrence of 10 homicides due to prejudice during the first days of 2019, the majority of them Afro-descendant trans persons, is extremely concerning.  Additionally worrisome is Provisional Measure 870/19 that excludes the LGBT population as a subject for the…
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OAS announces it will apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Nicaragua after learning that crimes against humanity have been committed in that country

OAS announces it will apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Nicaragua after learning that crimes against humanity have been committed in that country

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, Regional, Spanish
Washington DC, December 28, 2018 – The Organization of American States (OAS) will begin the process of applying the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Nicaragua, declared Secretary-General Luis Almagro yesterday, after the Vice President of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), Esmeralda Arosamena de Troitiño, presented a report produced by independent experts from various disciplines that reveals that actions committed by the State of Nicaragua against the peacefully-demonstrating population could be considered crimes against humanity. Almagro explained that the application will begin with the convening of the Permanent Council, pursuant to Article 20 of the Charter, which establishes that when an alteration of the constitutional order occurs in any Member State that seriously impacts its democratic order, a collective assessment of the situation can be performed and related decisions adopted.…
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