Afro-Colombian Day 2020: despite historical and structural adversity, Afro-Colombians show resilience

Afro-Colombian Day 2020: despite historical and structural adversity, Afro-Colombians show resilience

Colombia, English
Bogota; May 21, 2020 - On Afro-Colombian Day 2020, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race & Equality) shares the following statement: Race & Equality marks Afro-Colombian Day 2020 by honoring the work of the Afro-Colombian organizations and communities with whom we partner. We salute these groups and the whole Afro-Colombian people for the resilience they show in combatting the racism and structural racial discrimination that permeate Colombian society and the actions of the Colombian State. Despite adversity, Afro-Colombians assert their presence in the political and cultural spheres by carrying on the work of historical memory, affirming their ethnic heritage, defending their territorial claims and making invaluable contributions to the Colombian peace process. Since last year’s celebration of Afro-Colombian Day, the human rights situation for Afro-Colombians has…
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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 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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Race and Equality organized a webinar for activists to share the effects of COVID-19 on the LGBTI population in Latin America with UN Independent Expert on SOGI

Race and Equality organized a webinar for activists to share the effects of COVID-19 on the LGBTI population in Latin America with UN Independent Expert on SOGI

Colombia, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) held a webinar with the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (UN IE on SOGI), Victor Madrigal, and leaders, activists, and members of LGBTI civil society groups from different Latin American countries to discuss and better understand the current conditions amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The event, titled “The reality of the Afro-LGBI and Trans populations during the current health crisis caused by COVID-19 in Latin America,” that was held on Thursday, April 23, began with opening remarks from Mr. Madrigal, speaking about the statement on COVID-19 released by the UN Expert on March 26 and the motivations behind it. “We must have a clear understanding of when these…
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Race and Equality calls on Latin American States for more inclusive measures to be taken for transgender people

Race and Equality calls on Latin American States for more inclusive measures to be taken for transgender people

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
Washington D.C., March 31st 2020. Today we commemorate the International Transgender Visibility Day, a day to celebrate transgender lives and raise awareness about the discrimination this population faces. On this day, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), wants to give visibility to the issues transgender people face throughout Latin America. All over the world, racism and other forms of discrimination marginalize and ostracize the trans population. This makes access to health services, education, work, and housing extremely difficult.  Unfortunately, States limited disaggregated data on the situation of trans people rendering them invisible from groups targeted for public policies designated to support vulnerable situations, especially in Latin America. Combined, these factors place them in vulnerable situations where they are more susceptible to different illnesses, addictions,…
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