Public Hearing on Political Violence in Brazil: Black Parliamentarians (cis and trans) urge the IACHR for Protection and Denounce the Negligence of the Brazilian State

Public Hearing on Political Violence in Brazil: Black Parliamentarians (cis and trans) urge the IACHR for Protection and Denounce the Negligence of the Brazilian State

Afro-descendant, Brazil, Brazil, CIDH, Discrimination, English, IACHR, LGBTI, LGBTI, Regional
Brazil, april 06, 2021 - In a hearing exclusively dedicated to denouncing the absence of political rights in Brazil, black councilors (cis and trans) and civil society organizations presented before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The presentation consisted of the current scene of violations of civil and political rights that afflict the security of several parliamentarians in the country. The hearing took place on March 23, in the context of the 179th calendar of virtual hearings of the IACHR, it was filed by the organizations: The National Association of Travestis and Transexuals of Brazil (ANTRA); Criola; Terra de Direitos; Marielle Franco Institute; Justiça Global, Rede Nacional de Negras e Negros LGBT, and The Institute of Race and Equality. The following participated in the hearing: Erika Hilton (PSOL/SP); Ana…
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Race and Equality celebrates Brazil’s ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism

Race and Equality celebrates Brazil’s ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism

Afro-descendant, Blog, Brazil, Brazil, Discrimination, OAS, OAS, OEA
Brazil, February 19th, 2021 - The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) congratulates the Brazilian State for its ratification  of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance [1], originally signed by the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Guatemala in 2013 [2]. The Brazilian Senate’s ratification of the Convention marks a major achievement for the Afro-Brazilian movement, which has fought for the adoption and strengthening of the Convention for over 20 years. In signing and ratifying the convention, Brazil has committed to fighting intolerance and racism, presenting an opportunity to break with the racism ingrained in Brazilian society. With its ratification, the Convention gains the status of a constitutional amendment in Brazil, allowing laws which go against its statutes to be challenged in court. These…
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Race and Equality publishes the dossier “What is the color of the invisible? The human rights situation of the Afro-LGBTI population in Brazil” in English

Race and Equality publishes the dossier “What is the color of the invisible? The human rights situation of the Afro-LGBTI population in Brazil” in English

Afro-descendant, Brazil, Brazil, Discrimination, LGBTI, LGBTI, Race and Equality
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is pleased to announce that the English version of the dossier “What is the color of the invisible? The human rights situation of the Afro-LGBTI population in Brazil” is now available on the organization’s website. Originally launched in Brazil in November 2020, the report documents human rights violations against the Brazilian Afro-LGBTI population, highlights a lack of official data on this crucial subject, and calls on Brazilian society to recognize the communities’ particular struggles and demands. The dossier features a preface written by the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orietation and Gender Identity (IE-SOGI), Victor Madrigal-Borloz. About the dossier: In response to constant reports of human rights violations against Afro-LGBTI Brazilians and to a lack of data about their situation, Race and…
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World AIDS Day: Race and Equality calls for Brazil and Colombia to guarantee equality in HIV treatment

World AIDS Day: Race and Equality calls for Brazil and Colombia to guarantee equality in HIV treatment

Blog, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Discrimination, IACHR, LGBTI, LGBTI, ONU, UN, United Nations
This December 1, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) honors and stands in solidarity with all people living with HIV on World AIDS Day. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in October 1987, with support from the United Nations (UN), the date aims to raise awareness and promote dialogue on sexual rights in an inclusive and responsive way for HIV prevention. In addition, this date aims to break stigmas about the reality of people living with the virus, being a day of visibility and solidarity. Brazil: Structural racism and LGBTIphobia as barriers in the treatment of AIDS In Brazil, throughout the month of December, the “Red December” awareness campaign is celebrated, symbolized by a red ribbon that, globally, represents solidarity and commitment in…
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Nicaraguan human rights defenders will talk in Geneva about the evolution of the crisis in their country

Nicaraguan human rights defenders will talk in Geneva about the evolution of the crisis in their country

Afro-descendant, Discrimination, LGBTI, Nicaragua, OAS, ONU
Seven months after the current human rights crisis started in Nicaragua as a result of the government's repression of peaceful protests, a group of human right defenders will hold a public conversation in Geneva on November 28th with the aim of making visible the consequences and permanence of the crisis. The crisis continues now with the prohibition of civic demonstrations and the prosecution of hundreds of protestants, students and activists who have been arrested for participating in protests and are being subjected to trials in which the guarantees of due process are disregarded. In the conversation, organized by the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), the human rights defenders will describe their own experiences during the crisis and the risks they face in their daily…
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