Nicaraguan journalists and human rights defenders denounce the Nicaraguan government’s use of violence and repression in response to public protests in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Nicaraguan journalists and human rights defenders denounce the Nicaraguan government’s use of violence and repression in response to public protests in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, OAS, OAS, Spanish
Boulder, Colorado. October 2, 2018. Journalists and human rights defenders participated in the 169th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on October 2, 2018, where they denounced the violence and repression carried out by the government of President Daniel Ortega and Vice-President Rosario Murillo in response to the social protests in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is experiencing a grave human rights crisis that has plagued the country since April 18. Since then, the government of Daniel Ortega has used violence and repression against those who have chosen to exercise their right to peaceful protest. The situation has continued to deteriorate and public protests are now formally criminalized under a police decree issued on September 28. The decree blames public citizens for aggression and harm suffered by the…
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Vice-President of Costa Rica and Vice-Chairpersons of the UN CERD Committee highlight the need for states to develop Action Plans during the Decade for People of African Descent

Vice-President of Costa Rica and Vice-Chairpersons of the UN CERD Committee highlight the need for states to develop Action Plans during the Decade for People of African Descent

Afro-descendant, English, Spanish, UN, United Nations
“We cannot discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without taking into account historically-marginalized populations”   Coinciding with the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations held in the city of New York, NY; the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica and the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) organized a panel entitled “The United Nations Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice, and Development: The Need for Action Plans to Combat the Historical Inequalities Faced by Afro-descendants.” Epsy Campbell Bar, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, and the Vice-Chairpersons of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Gay McDougall and Pastor Murillo, participated in the panel. The purpose of the event was to explore strategies for the development of…
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Race and Equality supports a Nicaraguan delegation to the United Nation in Geneva, Switzerland

Race and Equality supports a Nicaraguan delegation to the United Nation in Geneva, Switzerland

Nicaragua, Spanish, UN, United Nations
June 2018 – The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) supported a delegation of Nicaraguan human rights activists to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland  June 18-29 in order to raise awareness about the human rights situation  in Nicaragua before civil society representatives, governmental missions before the UN,  the UN System of Human Rights and the international community at large.   Among them,  Alexandra Salazar of the Network of Social Movements and Civil Society Organizations of Nicaragua, Oswaldo Montoya of the MenEngage Alliance, Ana Quirós of the Center for Health Information and Advisory Services (CISAS), and Anibal Toruño of Radio Darío. Over the course of the two-week trip, the Nicaraguan activists met with important international actors, which included staff of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human…
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SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD AND INCLUDED! Today We Commemorate the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women

SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD AND INCLUDED! Today We Commemorate the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women

Afro-descendant, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Peru, Spanish
July 25 marks the International Day for Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and Diaspora Women. The commemorative date was established in 1992 after a meeting in the Dominican Republic of more than 400 women from diverse Latin American countries, where they analyzed the consequences of racism and sexism in the region. The meeting also provided a space for attendees to articulate joint actions and remember historic struggles to combat these issues. On this day we remember that the fight to bring down the humiliations caused by discrimination, poverty, and violence is ongoing. Participatory spaces are closed off because of racist and discriminatory logic against women and Afro-descendants which prevail. Women from the region continue to be the victims of a hostile war committed to condemn their voices and their chants, to violate their…
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Decade for People of African Descent and the 2020 Census

Decade for People of African Descent and the 2020 Census

English, Panama, Spanish
Washington, D.C. – May 28, 2018. On May 23, 2018, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the National Secretariat for Afro-Panamanian Development (SENADAP) held a public conversation at the El Panama Hotel in Panama City, entitled “The Decade for People of African Descent, and the 2020 Census,” featuring panelists including Pastor Murillo, Independent Expert for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD); Eunices Meneses of the National Coordination of Black Panamanian Organizations; and Cecilia Moreno of the Afro-Panamanian Forum. The conversation also brought together in the audience various Afro-Panamanian activists and representatives of the Afro-descendant Technical Committee who were involved in the previous 2010 census process. Elvia Duque of Race and Equality opened the dialogue by stressing the importance of the census,…
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