UN renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

UN renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, ONU, Panama, Panama, Regional, Spanish, UN
“This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, but for humanity as a whole.” (Geneva, July 12, 2019) - In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 27  in favor, with 12 voting against and 7 abstentions. The campaign calling on the Council to renew the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on SOGI was supported by 1,312 non-governmental organizations from 174 States and territories. “This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, but for humanity…
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Cuban government prohibits five activists from traveling to Colombia to participate in the OAS General Assembly

Cuban government prohibits five activists from traveling to Colombia to participate in the OAS General Assembly

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The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) condemns the decision by Cuban authorities to refuse to allow five activists and human rights defenders to leave the country and take part in the organization’s activities during the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of the American States, which is entitled “Innovating to strengthen hemispheric multilateralism” and takes place in Medellín, Colombia June 25-28. On the morning of Monday, June 24, Maricel Napoles and Ileana Colas, activists from the organization Mujeres Esperanza in Santiago, were informed by migration authorities that they had been “regulated;” when questioned by the activists, an official claimed that migration agents “do not make or repeal the rules, that it must have been some minister,” and that they “could travel that same day…
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UPR: States issue recommendations to Nicaragua to ensure respect for the human rights of its citizens

UPR: States issue recommendations to Nicaragua to ensure respect for the human rights of its citizens

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Geneva, May 15, 2019. The call for the State of Nicaragua to respect the human rights of its citizens, including freedom of expression and the right of peaceful demonstration and association, was one of the most recurring recommendations from the more than 90 States that reviewed Nicaragua today during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held within the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva. The recommendations given to the Nicaraguan State, 259 in total, come after a year of crisis during which serious human rights violations were committed by the authorities and parastatal groups against the population holding demonstrations. As a result, at least 325 people were killed, more than 2,000 were injured, and 62,000 people were forced to flee the country. Other States issued recommendations to Nicaragua…
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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

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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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