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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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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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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We continue demanding freedom, justice, and democracy for Nicaragua

We continue demanding freedom, justice, and democracy for Nicaragua

CIDH, Español, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, OEA, ONU, Race and Equality, Regional, Spanish, UN
[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Washington, DC, April 18, 2019 – Today marks one year since a genuine popular uprising began in Nicaragua led by young people, which has ended up changing the country’s direction in pursuit of three concrete demands: freedom for those who have been arbitrarily arrested and the reestablishment of constitutional freedoms, rights, and guarantees; justice for the victims of the repression [and] guarantees of reparations and non-repetition; and democracy for the country. What has happened in Nicaragua Twelve months ago, a group of mostly university students together with older people organized protests in the cities of León and Managua due to some reforms that were made to the Social Security Law without holding consultations.  The repression on April 18, 2018 against older people, youth, and journalists by government-aligned mobs…
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Public Communiqué: we urge the Colombian State to immediately address the disappearance of Afro-Colombians exiled in Ecuador after being threatened

Public Communiqué: we urge the Colombian State to immediately address the disappearance of Afro-Colombians exiled in Ecuador after being threatened

Colombia, English, IACHR, OAS, Spanish, UN
Bogotá, Colombia, March 4, 2019 – The International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race & Equality) joins its voice to the denunciation issued by the Asociación Nacional de Afrocolombianos Desplazados [National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians] (AFRODES) to forcefully and urgently call on the Colombian State to immediately address the disappearance, since February 27 in Quito, Ecuador, of Plácido Tercero Escalante and Ana Gloria Cabezas, Afro-Colombian victims of forced displacement in Colombia and members of FUNDAFRO, an organization affiliated with the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES). Plácido and Ana Gloria were forced to flee Colombia and request asylum in the neighboring country of Ecuador together with their families in January after receiving numerous threats and receiving no protection from Colombian authorities to guarantee their lives and [physical] integrity.…
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