The National Press Club invites to the event: “Global Voices: Journalism Under Threat in Nicaragua”

The National Press Club invites to the event: “Global Voices: Journalism Under Threat in Nicaragua”

CIDH, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OEA, Spanish
On Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m., the NPC’s International Correspondents Committee (ICC) and Press Freedom Team invites you to join an event on media suppression in Nicaragua. Fresh from testifying at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), a delegation of four Nicaraguan journalists - three of whom remain in exile - will discuss the country’s recent descent into violence and repression. In April 2018, proposed changes to Nicaragua’s social security system sparked a series of street protests. Heavy-handed moves to repress the protests had the opposite effect, fanning the flames of dissent and leading to calls for President Daniel Ortega to step down. As journalists moved in to cover the growing opposition movement, many found themselves directly in the firing line - facing arrest by police and violence…
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Race and Equality:  “The cuban State uses its penal code to criminalize voices that speak out against the regime”

Race and Equality: “The cuban State uses its penal code to criminalize voices that speak out against the regime”

CIDH, Cuba, English, Español, IACHR, OAS, OEA, ONU, Spanish, UN
In its most recent report, the human rights organization asserts that Cuban laws lack the necessary protections to ensure respect for due process and other human rights of persons accused of crimes. The guarantees that do exist are not respected by the authorities in cases of independent activists. As a part of the event “Weaponizing Justice: Rule of Law and Cuba’s New Constitution” that took place Wednesday, September 11 at the Inter-American Dialogue, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) officially launched its most recent report, entitled “Premeditated Convictions: Analysis of the Situation of the Administration of Justice in Cuba.” In the report, Race and Equality documents and analyzes the patterns of criminalization, repression, and harassment used by the Cuban state against independent activists, a…
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SANKOFA: “Back to the past to resignify the present”: The reality of Black transgender and travesti women in Brazil

SANKOFA: “Back to the past to resignify the present”: The reality of Black transgender and travesti women in Brazil

Brazil, Brazil, CIDH, English, Español, IACHR, LGBTI, LGBTI-en, OAS, Spanish
The SANKOFA Forum, which brought Afro-Brazilian, trans and travesti (a term used to describe a variety of feminine gender expressions) women together with the female public defenders of Brazil, was held from August 15-16 in Rio de Janeiro. The Forum was a space for exchange and dialogue about struggles and successes in the fight for racial and gender justice. “Sankofa”, an African word for a symbolic two-headed bird, was chosen as the name of the forum to capture its mission of looking “back to the past to resignify the present.” The Forum was organized by the Transformar Institute, ANTRA, CEJIL, Criola, Núcleo de Direitos Humanos da Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Forum Justiça, Fórum Estadual de Mulheres Negras, Defensoria Pública and the Institute on Race, Equality and Human…
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Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk

Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk

CIDH, Colombia, Colombia, English, Español, Spanish
Bogota, 15 July 2019.  Afrocolombian leaders were declared “military targets” by the clandestine group Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) in a text message received July 13, 2019. The text included an ultimatum for the members of the Consejo Comunitario de las Comunidades Negras (Communal Councils of Black Communities) in La Toma to leave their territory within 72 hours because of their “disobedience” and their “opposition to development.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=" “Your debt is still not paid…each one of you son-of-bitches Blacks is a military target, just like all those toads that you care for, so you will die. AGUILAS NEGRAS ARE HERE,” the message reads." txt_align="center" use_custom_fonts_h2="true"][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] This message is the latest incident in a pattern of persecution and harassment. Afro-Colombian human rights defenders, including the “Environmental Nobel” (Goldman Prize) honoree Francia Márquez,…
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Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean held a private meeting with the IACHR Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI persons during the 49th OAS General Assembly

Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean held a private meeting with the IACHR Rapporteurship on the rights of LGBTI persons during the 49th OAS General Assembly

Brazil, Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, IACHR, LGBTI-en, OEA, Peru, Regional, Spanish
Colombia, July 2 2019.  During the week in which the 49th OAS General Assembly was held in Medellin, Colombia, members of the Afro-LGBTI Network for Latin America and the Caribbean from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic met together on June 27th. This meeting included a series of workshops about political advocacy in countries and reinforcing knowledge about the Human Rights Protection System in the Americas. Manuel Canahui and Ernesto Zelayandia, who are currently fellows at the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), were present for a training on the Inter-American System of Human Rights, as well as its significance for Afro-LGBTI activism in each of the member countries of the Network. During the meeting, the fellows instructed the activists,…
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