Cuban Officials Disrupt Launch of the Campaign “Jailed for What?” in the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations

Cuban Officials Disrupt Launch of the Campaign “Jailed for What?” in the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations

Cuba, Cuba, English, OAS, OAS, UN, United Nations
New York. October 16th 2018. Cuban officials disrupted the launch of the campaign “Jailed for What?” organized by the United States Mission to the United Nations and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the United States Department of State. During the event, which took place at the United Nations building in New York, a large group supporting the Cuban regimen constantly interrupted the speakers by banging on tables, stomping their hands and feet, and yelling statements such as “Cuba Sí, bloqueo no” (Cuba Yes, embargo no) and “Fuera de la ONU” (Get out of UN). Although the noise prevents the speakers from being heard properly in the camera, the disrupt did not prevent your message from being heard. [video width="848" height="480" mp4="http://raceandequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/WhatsApp-Video-2018-10-16-at-12.57.17-PM.mp4"][/video] The purpose of the event…
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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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Cuba denies existence of racial discrimination to the UN CERD Commitee

Cuba denies existence of racial discrimination to the UN CERD Commitee

Afro-descendant, Cuba, Cuba, English, UN, United Nations
Washington. Sept 16. 2018. On August 16, Cuba categorically denied the existence of racial discrimination in Cuba to the group of independent experts of the United Nations (UN) that form the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) during the review of Cuba under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The purpose of the review is for Cuba to present information on how it has implemented action plans to combat racial discrimination. Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez represented Cuba at the review and stressed during his presentation on behalf of the Cuban state that Cuba does not have a structural or institutional racism problem. He also emphasized that in Cuba, racial and ethnic minorities do not experience any difference in treatment legally, politically, or socially…
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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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DID CUBA TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DURING THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW – UPR?

DID CUBA TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DURING THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW – UPR?

Cuba, English, UN
Several human rights defenders from Cuba considered a Country Report presented to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council as “false” after hearing the presentation of Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez. The report, once again, fails to paint an accurate picture of the existing situation of repression and violation of fundamental rights experienced by members of civil society in the island (watch a recording of the Cuba UPR review here). On Wednesday, May 16, the Cuban state underwent its third Universal Periodic Review process – a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council, in which Member States weight in on the country’s human rights situation and offer recommendations to the State, such as the ratification of treaties like the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the…
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