Civil society organizations commemorate the 100th session of the CERD

Civil society organizations commemorate the 100th session of the CERD

English, UN
Geneva, December 12, 2019. To commemorate the 100th session of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) and The Minority Rights Group International (MRG), organized a reception on December 9 at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland to congratulate the Committee for its tireless work towards ending racial discrimination. Independent Expert CERD, Ms. Gay McDougal CERD was the first treaty body to be established and the only one in existence for seven years. In its first session in 1970, the Committee had to set precedents, establish working methods and rules of procedure, which served as a blueprint for the work of all future treaty bodies. Since…
Read More
Statement by Civil Society Organizations on the Occasion of the Oral Update Regarding the Situation in Nicaragua to be Delivered by the UNHCHR

Statement by Civil Society Organizations on the Occasion of the Oral Update Regarding the Situation in Nicaragua to be Delivered by the UNHCHR

Nicaragua, NIcaragua, ONU, UN
December 11th, 2019.  We, the undersigned civil society organizations, would like to express our alarm to United Nations High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet regarding the escalation of repression in Nicaragua and the unwillingness of the Nicaraguan State to respond to the appeals contained in the resolution ‘Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Nicaragua’ (A/HRC/40/L.8) approved by the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2019. To that end, nearly a year after the adoption of the aforementioned resolution, we the organizations that sign the present statement wish to report that the concerns, requests, and appeals contained in said resolution continue to be valid today: 1. The grave human rights violations committed in Nicaragua since April 2018 The assaults, threats, and reprisals continue against human rights defenders, journalists, indigenous people, Afro-descendants,…
Read More
Who guarantees human rights in Cuba? Statement on Human Rights Day

Who guarantees human rights in Cuba? Statement on Human Rights Day

Cuba, English, Español
As the international community marks Human Rights Day, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) laments the human rights crisis that continues to afflictthe Cuban people, particularly activists, human rights defenders and journalists. These independent actors suffer all manner of violence, harassment, repression and threats as a result of their efforts to defend and promote human rights. Although Cuba has committed to protect and promote human rights by signing multiple international treaties, the government constantly attacks activists, rights defenders, artists and journalists, impeding their efforts to share the truth about life in Cuba and promote change. As Race and Equality has documented, Cuba’s Criminal Code contains numerous flaws and loopholes that allow the government to criminalize rights defenders and violate their freedoms of expression, association…
Read More
Human Rights Day: We Remain Committed to the Defense of Human Rights in Latin America

Human Rights Day: We Remain Committed to the Defense of Human Rights in Latin America

English, Regional
Washington, D.C. December 10, 2019. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights today joins the celebration of International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. Seventy-one years after the approval of the document that marked a milestone in the recognition of the inherent rights of all human beings, establishing that they should be respected without distinction as to race, color, religion, sex, language, political opinions, origin, or any other condition, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality)continues to advocate for the compliance with and defense of said Declaration. On this day, we remember that the human rights situation in Latin America is critical, and therefore, urgent action by the States is…
Read More
Government´s “regulation” policy again threatens Cuban´s right to freedom of circulation

Government´s “regulation” policy again threatens Cuban´s right to freedom of circulation

Cuba, English
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) condemns Cuban authorities’ prohibition of women’s rights activists to leave the country, as well as grave violations of their human rights. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) condemns Cuban authorities’ prohibition of women’s rights activists to leave the country, as well as grave violations of their human rights. On December 5, several Cuban activists from various organizations were denied exit from the country by authorities. While some were explicitly informed that they were “regulated” – the term used by State Security to prohibit activists and independent journalists from leaving the country – others were sent to the Citizenship Office. State Security went to the home of Madelyn Rodríguez Martin, a lawyer from…
Read More