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 publishes eight recommendations to protect the Afro-descendant population in Latin America from COVID-19
Race and Equality publishes eight recommendations to protect the Afro-descendant population in Latin America from COVID-19
August 6, 2020
Washington D.C. August 6, 2020.- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reverberate across Latin America, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) se...
Race and Equality denounces harassment against members of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba and demands respect for freedom of expression on the island
Race and Equality denounces harassment against members of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba and demands respect for freedom of expression on the island
August 4, 2020
Washington, D.C. August 3, 2020.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) denounces the harassment and threats committed this weekend by Cuban Stat...
The Nicaraguan government blocks the return of hundreds of citizens to the country
The Nicaraguan government blocks the return of hundreds of citizens to the country
July 31, 2020
Washington, D.C., July 31, 2020. Hundreds of Nicaraguans have been stranded at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua for more than ten days, blocked from re-entering their home country...
Activists from Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia gather to expose the issues faced by Afrodescendant women in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and to urge States to take necessary measures for their protection
Activists from Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia gather to expose the issues faced by Afrodescendant women in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and to urge States to take necessary measures for their protection
July 31, 2020
Washington, D.C. July 31, 2020. – In celebration of the International Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women’s Day on July 25, women activists working to promote and defend t
A message of unity and strength on the International Day for Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women
A message of unity and strength on the International Day for Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women
July 24, 2020
Washington D.C. July 24, 2020.- The International Day for Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women is celebrated across the hemisphere every July 25th to commemorate the first Summit o...
IACHR grants Race and Equality’s request for precautionary measures for Cuban political prisoner Silverio Portal Contreras
IACHR grants Race and Equality’s request for precautionary measures for Cuban political prisoner Silverio Portal Contreras
July 23, 2020
Washington, D.C.  July 23, 2020.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is pleased that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has

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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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