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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Human Rights Day: Continuing on the path towards human rights for all

Human Rights Day: Continuing on the path towards human rights for all

Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, IACHR, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Race and Equality, Regional, UN
Washington, D.C.; December 10, 2020.- 72 years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world has not yet achieved the full guarantee and enjoyment of each person’s inherent rights. In Latin America and the Caribbean, structures that contribute to human rights violations, particularly violations against historically marginalized populations, remain persistent and in some cases are worsening. This December 10th, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) joins the international celebration of Human Rights Day by reviewing the human rights situation across the region, particularly the countries where we partner with civil society: Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. The killing of George Floyd Race and Equality added our voice to the global outrage…
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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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State Department Should Push for Justice After Afro-Brazilian Man Killed by Security in Carrefour Store

State Department Should Push for Justice After Afro-Brazilian Man Killed by Security in Carrefour Store

Brazil, English, Race and Equality
Washington D.C., November 24th, 2020.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) add their voices to the thousands of Brazilians calling for justice for the November 19 murder of João Alberto Silveira Freitas in Porto Alegre, Brazil. According to videos circulating on social media, Mr. Silveira Freitas was beaten to death by Carrefour security guards after an alleged disagreement took place between Mr. Freitas and the guards. This incident is just one of many acts of violence committed against Afro-Brazilians. Sadly, it took place a day prior to Brazil’s Black Awareness Day. On this day, Brazilians honor Francisco Nzumbi, better known as “Zumbi dos Palmares,” who in the late 1600s founded the Quilombo do Palmares, a community…
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