Five years working towards inclusion, equality, and diversity in Latin America”

Five years working towards inclusion, equality, and diversity in Latin America”

English, Race and Equality
Five years after the founding of the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), it is valuable to take a step back and revisit our beginnings, the work we have done and how it has changed, the achievements we have made and the challenges that still face us. In November 2014, an opportunity arose to create a new organization dedicated to fighting racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Two months later, in January 2015, Race and Equality was born. To this day, we are the only organization in the region addressing these two issues and bringing a lens of Afro-LGBTQ intersectionality before the Inter-American and universal human rights systems. Five years ago, we began working in Washington, D.C. with eight counterpart…
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Race and Equality coordinates academic visit of UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal.

Race and Equality coordinates academic visit of UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal.

Brazil, Brazil, English, Español, LGBTI, LGBTI-en, ONU, UN
The UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Mr. Victor Madrigal, will make an academic visit to Brazil, which will be coordinated by the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights. (Race and Equality), January 20-25, to disclose the scope of the mandate to LGBTI civil society organizations. As part of this visit, the Independent Expert will partake in two panel discussions on the problems and difficulties of this population in relation to the international standards of human rights. These two events will include a dialogue between LGBTI leaders and the Independent Expert, who will talk about the working tools and mechanisms available to them, as well as how these tools interact with the exercise and guarantees of the fundamental rights of…
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SHORT-TERM LEGAL CONSULTANCY (MATERNITY COVER – 4 MONTHS)

SHORT-TERM LEGAL CONSULTANCY (MATERNITY COVER – 4 MONTHS)

English, Job Listing, Regional
SHORT-TERM LEGAL CONSULTANCY (MATERNITY COVER - 4 MONTHS) International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, D.C. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBT people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. Critical to this work…
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91 political prisoners are released in Nicaragua, but harassment continues

91 political prisoners are released in Nicaragua, but harassment continues

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua
Washington DC, January 9, 2020. On December 30th, the Nicaraguan government released 91 political prisoners who had been detained in prisons across the country for anywhere from two to eighteen months. Among the released were sixteen activists arrested for bringing water to a group of prisoners’ mothers who were staging a hunger strike to demand the release of their children. The move was announced as pressure grows in Nicaragua and internationally for the liberation of political prisoners. The government allowed the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Office of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Ombudsman and the Apostolic Nuncio of Nicaragua, Waldemar Sommertag, to take part in the process. Political prisoners were transferred to their homes and placed under house arrest, according to the Nicaraguan authorities. As a result, they…
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CERD Committee urges Colombia to compile accurate data statistics on its Afrodescendant population

CERD Committee urges Colombia to compile accurate data statistics on its Afrodescendant population

Colombia, Colombia, English, UN
The UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) issued a recommendation to the Colombian State to adopt an appropriate methodology that ensures “accurate and trustworthy” data statistics are collected on the Afro-Colombian, Black, Palenquera & Raizal population, for its next population census. The recommendation was presented alongside more than 40 other recommendations published in a follow-up document to the CERD country review, held on November 27 and 28 in Geneva, during its 100th period of sessions.  During the review, the Committee carried out an extensive review of the level of compliance of commitments carried by the State since its last review in 2015 that seek the eradication of any form of racial discrimination and racism in the country. With respect to the 2018 Population Census, the Committee expressed…
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