Black Lives Matter: The Call for Racial Democracy Resounds in Brazil

Black Lives Matter: The Call for Racial Democracy Resounds in Brazil

Afro-descendant, Brazil
After the brutal murder of George Floyd by U.S. police, a wave of protests has called for all of society to descend into the streets in order to fight for the eradication of systemic racism. In a world affected by the fragmentation of political and institutional powers and in the midst of disorder worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, which launched a global healthcare crisis, the veil of racism that sustains privilege and forms of neocolonial capitalist exploitation has been pulled back. In the face of such a scene, antiracist reactions have flared up in various countries. In Brazil, a country that daily relives the trauma of colonial racism, the call for racial democracy resounds throughout the Black population. It is important for us to emphasize that, due to different contexts…
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The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights expresses concern over the Brazilian State’s response to the progression of the Coronavirus in the country

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights expresses concern over the Brazilian State’s response to the progression of the Coronavirus in the country

Brazil, English
Brazil, May 21, 2020 - The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is deeply concerned about the situation faced by the most vulnerable populations in Brazil amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed 18.894 people in Brazil to date,[1] and takes place during a political crisis that reflects the structural inequalities marginalized communities face. On May 19, the country hit the mark of 1000 deaths in a single day.[2] Since the outbreak of the virus, President Jair Bolsonaro has constantly made threats to Brazilian democracy. Recently, he participated in demonstrations that called for the closure of the National Congress and the Supreme Federal Court (STF),[3] as well as the reinstatement of Institutional Act No. 5 (A I-5),[4] a decree that increased the power of the…
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No more silence: Reclaiming our voice on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

No more silence: Reclaiming our voice on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Race and Equality
Washington D.C., May 17. This May 17 marks 30 years since the World Health Organization (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, a global milestone that accelerated progress in the recognition of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). On this date, we commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a day to draw attention to the violence and discrimination that LGBTI people still suffer in our societies. This year the promoted theme is “breaking the silence,” inviting people from the LGBTI community to no longer be afraid to express their sexual orientation or gender identity to their family or to others in their social circles. The commemoration this year is also framed within a global health crisis generated by COVID-19, which has…
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Race and Equality and the National Association of Travestis and Transexuals of Brazil (ANTRA) ask the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to publicly denounce the increase in murders of transgender people in Brazil in 2020

Race and Equality and the National Association of Travestis and Transexuals of Brazil (ANTRA) ask the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to publicly denounce the increase in murders of transgender people in Brazil in 2020

Brazil, CIDH
Washington, D.C. and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. May 13, 2020. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the National Association of Travestis[1] and Transsexuals of Brazil (ANTRA) sent a letter to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) expressing their deep concern over the increase in murders of transgender people in Brazil. According to a bulletin recently published by ANTRA, there were 48% more murders of transgender people in Brazil during the first four months of the year than during the same period in 2019. Many of these murders have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. From January to April 2019, 43 transgender persons were murdered in Brazil; while during the same period in 2020, there have been 64. When isolating the months of March…
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Race and Equality launches practical guide for requesting precautionary measures at the IACHR

Race and Equality launches practical guide for requesting precautionary measures at the IACHR

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, IACHR, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, OAS, Panama
Washington, DC.  May 8, 2020.  The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) has released “Precautionary Measures at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Function and Process,” a manual to assist activists and human rights defenders with the process of soliciting precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). “This educational tool can provide support to civil society organizations who face the risk of serious human rights violations when they prepare requests,” remarked Carlos Quesada, Race and Equality’s Executive Director. The guide consists of two documents: one aimed at attorneys and legal experts, and an illustrated guide that follows four characters through the process of requesting and receiving precautionary measures, designed to explain the steps of the process to grassroots activists. “We assembled this…
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