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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Transcinema: trans presence and representation in brazilian audiovisual media
Transcinema: trans presence and representation in brazilian audiovisual media
June 11, 2021
Brazil, June 11, 2021 - “I never imagined living in a country that kills travestis [1] and transsexuals the most. I never imagined how powerful the reference of my population could be, on an
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Full-Time Consultant (Brussels)
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT FULL-TIME CONSULTANT International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Brussels, Belgium The  International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Righ
Political Violence in Brazil:  What is the Value of Black and Transgender Parliamentarians Lives?
Political Violence in Brazil: What is the Value of Black and Transgender Parliamentarians Lives?
May 28, 2021
Given the growing political-electoral violence plaguing the security of trans and black parliamentarians in Brazil, both in their daily lives and in the exercise of their mandates, the Inter...
Menstruation: a vital topic for ensuring human rights in Latin America
Menstruation: a vital topic for ensuring human rights in Latin America
May 28, 2021
Washington, D.C.; May 28, 2021.- To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated worldwide on May 28th, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) held a vi...
Race and Equality expresses concern for imprisoned Cuban activist Yandier García Labrada and calls on Cuba to comply with the decisions of the IACHR
Race and Equality expresses concern for imprisoned Cuban activist Yandier García Labrada and calls on Cuba to comply with the decisions of the IACHR
May 26, 2021
Washington, D.C.; May 26, 2021.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) expresses our serious concern at the situation of Yandier Garcia Labrada,
One year after the killing of George Floyd, Race and Equality calls for strengthening human rights mechanisms to combat systemic racism and police brutality
One year after the killing of George Floyd, Race and Equality calls for strengthening human rights mechanisms to combat systemic racism and police brutality
May 25, 2021
Washington, D.C.; May 25, 2021.- One year after the killing of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the International Institute on 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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