JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBTI Program Assistant

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBTI Program Assistant

English, Regional
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2014, working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grassroots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The Institute uses a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy at the domestic and international level, we join our local partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. We work with our partners to combat racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through a holistic, multi-faceted approach. Critical…
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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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Journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau: “They stole six months of our lives in prison”

Journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau: “They stole six months of our lives in prison”

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, Regional, Spanish
After spending six months in prison as a political prisoner, journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau stood in front of a cellphone camera and began broadcasting live to the 100% News Channel audience from the OAS General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia. In a couple of minutes, more than three thousand people were watching on Facebook Live and celebrating the event. “Doing it now in freedom is a feeling of happiness,” says Lucia. The last time she had reported live was on December 21, 2018, when she denounced that several weapons-wielding police patrols broke into the offices of the TV outlet 100% News Channel and illegally detained the channel’s director, Miguel Mora. She did not have time to report that they had also captured her. Almost six months later, on June 11 of…
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Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean held a private meeting with the IACHR Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI persons during the 49th OAS General Assembly

Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean held a private meeting with the IACHR Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI persons during the 49th OAS General Assembly

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Colombia, July 2 2019.  During the week in which the 49th OAS General Assembly was held in Medellin, Colombia, members of the Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic met together on June 27th. This meeting included a series of workshops about political advocacy in countries and reinforcing knowledge about the Human Rights Protection System in the Americas. Manuel Canahui and Ernesto Zelayandia, who are currently fellows at the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), were present for a training on the Inter-American System of Human Rights, as well as its significance for Afro-LGBTI activism in each of the member countries of the Network. During the meeting, the fellows instructed the activists,…
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Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean at the 49th General Assembly of the OAS: “We are facing a grave situation of human rights violations””

Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean at the 49th General Assembly of the OAS: “We are facing a grave situation of human rights violations””

Brazil, Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, OEA, Panama, Regional, Spanish
Over the course of the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), held in Medellín, Colombia from June 25-28, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) held various events, particularly with participation by human rights, Afro-descendent, and LGBTI leaders from Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic. These meeting and discussion spaces sought to reflect upon and study the social and political conditions facing human rights in Latin America. These conditions currently have a particular effect upon historically marginalized and invisible populations such as Afro-descendants and LGBTI persons, as do violations of fundamental rights through persecution and harassment by different governments in the region against rights defenders. We reiterate our condemnation of the absence of Cuban activists…
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