#SalvemosLaCIDH: Addressing the Financial Crisis Facing the Inter-American Commission

#SalvemosLaCIDH: Addressing the Financial Crisis Facing the Inter-American Commission

English, IACHR, OAS
OAS Member States, The Coalition for Human Rights in the Americas, and the members of other regional and global networks from civil society, express our deep concern over the severe financial crisis currently affecting the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR). We endorse this statement in order to appeal all Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) to take the necessary actions to guarantee the immediate and proper funding of the IACHR in order to fulfill its mandate. In addition, we urgently call for the creation of a sustainable fund to finance the Organs of the Inter-American Human Rights System (IHRS), in order to address the precarious situation, which both the Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights have been going through since in the last few years.…
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Violence Against Black Women in Brazil has Increased:  “The Maria de Penha Law Hasn’t Reduced Murders of Black Women”

Violence Against Black Women in Brazil has Increased: “The Maria de Penha Law Hasn’t Reduced Murders of Black Women”

Brazil, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Violence Against Black Women in Brazil has Increased: “The Maria de Penha Law Hasn’t Reduced Murders of Black Women” That was the message of Brazilian partners Criola—Black Women’s Organization of Rio de Janeiro, and Geledes—The Brazilian Black Women’s Institute in a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on April 7, in Washington, D.C. In their presentation before the Commission, Jurema Werneck of Criola, Nilza Iraci and Rodnei Jerico da Silva included statistics demonstrating that while rates of violence against white women in Brazil have decreased, during the same period violence against black women has increased. “Between 2011 and 2013, sixty-four percent of women murdered in Brazil were black,” Werneck affirmed, citing official statistics. According to figures of…
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Working Day to Heighten Visibility of Afro-Descendants in Chile: Workshop on the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Connected Forms of Intolerance

Working Day to Heighten Visibility of Afro-Descendants in Chile: Workshop on the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Connected Forms of Intolerance

English, OAS
On April 15 in Santiago, Chile, the Afro-Chilean organizations Lumbanga and Oro Negro held a working day to heighten the visibility of the Afro-Chilean population, including a workshop on Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Connected Forms of Intolerance. Carlos Quesada, Director of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, spoke of the draft and signing process of the Convention, approved by the Organization of American States General Assembly in Antigua, Guatemala in 2013. Christian Báez of the Lumbanga organization underlined how important it was that over 40 participants from various Afro-Chilean organizations, alongside representatives from the Foreign Ministry, had attended the workshop to better understand the current state of the Convention in the Chile, whose government signed the document in 2015. Participants expressed the importance of understanding…
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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Insists that the Dominican Government Recognize Existence of Structural Racial Discrimination in the Country

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Insists that the Dominican Government Recognize Existence of Structural Racial Discrimination in the Country

English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Washington, D.C., April 8, 2016  “The Dominican Republic must recognize the existence of structural racial discrimination in the country,” said Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), to the delegation of the Dominican Republic during a thematic hearing held Friday, April 8 at the Organization of American States (OAS). Human rights defenders from the Dominican Republic presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the grave rights situation of Dominicans of Haitian descent, including the precariousness of their right to nationality and the discrimination by State agents they face when attempting to access their identity and electoral documents. In light of upcoming elections in the Dominican Republic scheduled for May 15, the petitioners drew…
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Cuban Human Rights Defenders Report on Rights Violations on the Island before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cuban Human Rights Defenders Report on Rights Violations on the Island before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cuba, English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0.  Washington D.C., April 8, 2016  Members of independent Cuban human rights groups presented on violence against and intimidation of human rights defenders and independent journalists in Cuba during a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. No representatives of the Cuban government attended. Nevertheless, Commissioner Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, Rapporteur for Cuba, while lamenting the State’s absence reiterated the Commission’s invitation to the government to engage with human rights defenders and affirmed the Commission’s “commitment to be a vehicle for constructive dialogue between both parties.” Magaly Norvis Otero, Executive Director of Hablemos Press, informed the Commission of the serious violations of rights to free speech and information that continue to occur in…
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