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

CIDH, Cuba, Español, OEA, ONU, Spanish
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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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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HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR

HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS URGE THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO RESPECT & PROTECT THE IASHR

CIDH, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic, English, Español, IACHR, Spanish
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 29, 2019 - The undersigned organizations express our concern regarding the State’s rejection of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ recent resolution with respect to the Dominican Republic, in which the Court reiterated its jurisdiction to hear cases against that State. The Inter-American Court determined that the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal decision TC-256-14, which, according to the State, would prevent the Court from making any ruling concerning the country, is invalid under international law. On April 26, the Dominican State affirmed in a press conference that it will continue not to recognize the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court on the basis of the TC-256-14 decision, despite the Court’s recent resolution. The current president of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal and the former president of the Republic, Leonel…
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