Civil Society Organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean will participate at the 49th OAS General Assembly

Civil Society Organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean will participate at the 49th OAS General Assembly

Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, English, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, OEA, Regional, Spanish
Throughout the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Medellín, Colombia from June 25-28, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), alongside a variety of organizations from Latin American and Caribbean countries including Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, will coordinate several events discussing the panorama of human rights in the region, especially among vulnerable populations and in countries currently facing violence. All events will be broadcast live on Race and Equality’s Facebook page. There will also be extensive coverage of the events on social media, under the hashtags #AsambleaOEA and #RazaeigualdadOEA Below please find details for each of the events that Race and Equality will host during the regional summit: [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="6273" img_size="large" onclick="img_link_large"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]…
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Journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora, as well as 100 other political prisoners from Nicaragua, were released from prison

Journalists Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora, as well as 100 other political prisoners from Nicaragua, were released from prison

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
Washington, D.C. June 11, 2019. The Nicaraguan authorities released 106 political prisoners this week, 100 men and 6 women, who were unjustly imprisoned for months. Among those released were two journalists represented by Race and Equality, Lucía Pineda and Miguel Mora, Editor-in-Chief and Director of the 100% News Channel, respectively. The release of the political prisoners was done under the recently approved Law No. 996, the Amnesty Law, whose approval merited international condemnation for the impunity that it promotes with respect to crimes against humanity committed by the authorities and parastatal forces. This law threatens political prisoners with the loss of the amnesty if they again commit acts that constitute the crimes for which the law grants amnesty. The Nicaraguan authorities have not managed to address the clamor for justice…
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We reject the Amnesty Law approved in Nicaragua and continue to demand justice for the victims of repression

We reject the Amnesty Law approved in Nicaragua and continue to demand justice for the victims of repression

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. The National Assembly of Nicaragua approved today an Amnesty Law that allows for the release of 182 political prisoners who remain in prison and the termination of criminal proceedings for those who have been released after being detained in the context of the April’s protests. In exchange, no investigation will be carried out against those responsible for the lethal violence used by the State to suppress the protests, which caused more than 325 deaths, including 24 children and teenagers and 21 policemen. Additionally, two thousand people have been wounded. Race and Equality recalls that the Nicaraguan government had already committed to release all political prisoners by June 18, through an agreement signed at the negotiating table that was attended by the Apostolic Nuncio Waldemar Sommertag,…
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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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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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