The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

Is an international, human rights capacity-building organization that works side by side with activists in Latin America to enhance their ability to promote and protect the human rights of marginalized and vulnerable people who suffer from discrimination based on their national or ethnic origin, their sexual orientation or gender identity. We strengthen grassroots organizations, helping them to become political actors able to promote structural changes in the countries where we work. Our methodology consists of providing technical assistance in order to help our partners monitor and document human rights abuses and increase their advocacy capacity at the national, regional and international levels.

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Get to know the campaign #CubanasLibresYA (“Cuban Women Free Now”), which seeks to illustrate the human rights situation of women in Cuba, in particular of those who serve arbitrary and unjust prison sentences at the hands of the Cuban State as a result of their political activism in favor of human rights on the island.

The campaign will run during the first half of the year and will seek to tell the stories of 10 female political prisoners of the Cuban State who are currently either serving their sentences across the prisons of Cuba, are victims of house arrest, or are recently released but served as political prisoners as a result of their activism.

You can read their stories here.

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Race and Equality Calls On The Colombian Government To Cease Repression Against Citizens Peacefully Protesting And To Comply With Its International Human Rights Obligations
Race and Equality Calls On The Colombian Government To Cease Repression Against Citizens Peacefully Protesting And To Comply With Its International Human Rights Obligations
May 4, 2021
Bogota, Colombia. May 4, 2021 - The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) expresses grave concern at the human rights violations resulting from the C...
AMARC-ALC, CPJ, IFEX-ALC, Race and Equality and Voces del Sur condemn press freedom deterioration in Nicaragua, call on authorities to guarantee freedom of expression rights
AMARC-ALC, CPJ, IFEX-ALC, Race and Equality and Voces del Sur condemn press freedom deterioration in Nicaragua, call on authorities to guarantee freedom of expression rights
May 3, 2021
While commemorating World Press Freedom Day, we, the undersigned organisations, condemn the serious deterioration in freedom of expression and press freedom taking place in Nicaragua. An env...
Human Rights Absent from the Eighth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party
Human Rights Absent from the Eighth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party
April 29, 2021
Washington, D.C.; April 27th, 2021.- The eighth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, held from April 16th-19th, failed to discuss the country’s serious human rights problems or take action
Colombia: Race and Equality and Partner Organizations Present the First Report to the Truth Commission on the Impact of the Armed Conflict on the Afro-LGBT Population
Colombia: Race and Equality and Partner Organizations Present the First Report to the Truth Commission on the Impact of the Armed Conflict on the Afro-LGBT Population
April 27, 2021
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), the Corporación Caribe Afirmativo, Afrodescendiente por las Diversidades Sociales y Sexuales (Somos Identi
Clément Voule – UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly and of Association: “I call on the government of Nicaragua to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly during the electoral process.”
Clément Voule – UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly and of Association: “I call on the government of Nicaragua to guarantee the right to peaceful assembly during the electoral process.”
April 21, 2021
Washington, D.C., April 21, 2021 – Since the societal eruptions began in April 2018, the government of Nicaragua has restricted the rights to freedom of assembly and peaceful protest in a ma
Antonia Urrejola – President of the IACHR: “We will continue to tirelessly promote human rights in Nicaragua. Impunity and injustice will not perpetuate themselves.”
Antonia Urrejola – President of the IACHR: “We will continue to tirelessly promote human rights in Nicaragua. Impunity and injustice will not perpetuate themselves.”
April 20, 2021
Washington D.C., April 20, 2021 – To commemorate three years of the grave sociopolitical and human rights crisis in Nicaragua, the International Institute of Race, Equality, and Human Rights

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Our vision is an equal society for all based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one without racial, ethnic or gender discrimination, or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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CARLOS QUESADA

Executive Director and Founder of the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights. Until October 2014 Carlos was Global Rights’ Director of the Ethnic and Racial Equality Program/Advisor on the Rights of LGBTI people. He is trained as a journalist and a lawyer. Carlos is working to combat racial and ethnic discrimination and discrimination based on a different sexual orientation and gender identity in the Americas and in some countries in Africa…

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The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights challenges discrimination, inequality and injustice and amplifies the new voices of local activists in Latin America to promote, protect, and fulfill human rights.

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The National Conference of Afro-Colombian Organizations (CNOA), is a national convergence of more than 270 afro-descendant organizations…
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The Trans Support and Action Group Foundation – GAAT is a community-based social organization that works to defend and assert the human rights…
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Caribe Afirmativo seeks to advocate for the establishment and positioning of gender and sexual diversity agendas in the Caribbean region…
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