August 2019: alerts of violence against LGBTI persons in Colombia

August 2019: alerts of violence against LGBTI persons in Colombia

Colombia, Colombia, English, LGBTI-en
Threats against Bogotá social leader During the first week of August, threats against the security of LGBTI social leader Leonardo Fabio made nationwide news. Fabio, who is 25 years old and works with community action groups defending the rights of LGBTI persons, received printed flyers signed by the AUC and Águilas Negras threatening to ‘disappear’ him for being a “marica leader” and a “defender of maricas” and “those who shouldn’t be defended.” Fabio was later attacked and beaten, and although he requested assistance from the National Office of Protection, the Office’s approval process will last at least three months. Currently, local police are conducting visits to verify his safety. However, while under this protection, Fabio has found new pamphlets at his home threatening him for having gone to the authorities.…
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Statement: FOR LIFE AND FOR PEACE, NOT A STEP BACK WITH THE PEACE PROCESS!

Statement: FOR LIFE AND FOR PEACE, NOT A STEP BACK WITH THE PEACE PROCESS!

Colombia, Colombia, English, Español, Spanish
Bogotá, Colombia. August 29th, 2019. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) expresses extreme concern about the video released this Thursday morning, in which three former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its initials in Spanish) announced a new stage of armed conflict for what they have called “the awakening of consciences” in Colombia. During the speech recorded on video, Iván Márquez, former leader of the FARC, argues that given the “betrayal” and lack of political will of the Colombian Government for the effective implementation of the peace agreements, a “New Marquetalia” or new armed group will begin to operate in coordination with the National Liberation Army (ELN, for its initials in Spanish), a guerrilla that still operates outside the law…
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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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UN renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

UN renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, Español, IACHR, LGBTI-en, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, ONU, Panama, Panama, Regional, Spanish, UN
“This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, but for humanity as a whole.” (Geneva, July 12, 2019) - In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 27  in favor, with 12 voting against and 7 abstentions. The campaign calling on the Council to renew the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on SOGI was supported by 1,312 non-governmental organizations from 174 States and territories. “This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, but for humanity…
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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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