Race and Equality celebrates the adoption of the UN resolution for the protection of african people and afro-descendants against police violence

Race and Equality celebrates the adoption of the UN resolution for the protection of african people and afro-descendants against police violence

Afro-descendant, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Discrimination, English, LGBTI, LGBTI, UN, United Nations
Washington DC, July 15, 2021 - The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) celebrates the adoption, by consensus, of Resolution A/HRC/47/L.8 Rev.1, which aims to promote and protect African and Afro-descendants against excessive use of public force. This resolution was voted on at the 47th  General Assembly of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (HRC47), in which Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented her report on the subject, calling on member states to dismantle systemic racism and end police violence. This ruling is a historic step towards reforming systemic police brutality against the black population. The Resolution establishes an international mechanism of independent experts to promote transformative changes to justice and racial equality. This mechanism should be composed of three experts…
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Race and Equality launches a report to raise awareness around the Afro-LGBT population in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic to contribute to the recognition of their ights

Race and Equality launches a report to raise awareness around the Afro-LGBT population in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic to contribute to the recognition of their ights

Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI, Peru, Race and Equality
Washington, D.C., June 30, 2021. - The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) launched on June 30, 2021 a report titled, “La deuda pendiente con la población Afro-LGBT en Brasil, Colombia, Perú y República Dominicana” (“The Pending Debt to the Afro-LGBT Population in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Dominican Republic”) with the aim of highlighting the violence and discrimination faced by this community on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, and to contribute to the adoption of public policies for the recognition and guarantee of their rights. This report is the result of systematized documentation carried out by Race and Equality based on reports presented by six partner organizations: Instituto Transformar Shelida Ayana and Rede Afro LGBT, from Brazil; Somos…
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“Loving and Resisting from Diversity:” Race and Equality Celebrates LGBTI+ Pride Day

“Loving and Resisting from Diversity:” Race and Equality Celebrates LGBTI+ Pride Day

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI, Nicaragua, Peru, Race and Equality, Regional
Washington D.C., June 28, 2021.- To commemorate this LGBTI+ Pride Day, The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) chose the slogan “Loving and Resisting from Diversity.” This slogan pays tribute to LGBTI+ organizations and activists who each day wage a powerful struggle to combat discrimination and violence, and move towards the recognition of their rights despite living in a context as adverse as Latin America and the Caribbean when it comes to human rights. Although there has been little progress in the region in terms of recognizing and guaranteeing rights for LGBTI+ people, we want to exalt the great capacity to love and resist that people with diverse sexual orientation and gender expression or identity continue to sustain, when facing a society that attacks, excludes, and…
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Race and Equality Calls On The Colombian Government To Cease Repression Against Citizens Peacefully Protesting And To Comply With Its International Human Rights Obligations

Race and Equality Calls On The Colombian Government To Cease Repression Against Citizens Peacefully Protesting And To Comply With Its International Human Rights Obligations

CIDH, Colombia, English, IACHR
Bogota, Colombia. May 4, 2021 - The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) expresses grave concern at the human rights violations resulting from the Colombian government’s response to demonstrations carried out in various parts of the country, beginning April 28 and continuing to this day. The NGO Temblores has recorded 1,181 incidents of human rights violations between April 28 and May 3 linked to the use of force by the police, in particular by agents of the anti-riot police (Escuadrón Móvil Antidisturbios, ESMAD) who have been deployed by the national government in numerous cities across the country. Among these incidents, 26 homicides have been committed at the hands of public security forces along with 988 reported arbitrary detentions, documented by the Defending Liberty is a…
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Colombia: Race and Equality and Partner Organizations Present the First Report to the Truth Commission on the Impact of the Armed Conflict on the Afro-LGBT Population

Colombia: Race and Equality and Partner Organizations Present the First Report to the Truth Commission on the Impact of the Armed Conflict on the Afro-LGBT Population

Colombia, English, Race and Equality
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), the Corporación Caribe Afirmativo, Afrodescendiente por las Diversidades Sociales y Sexuales (Somos Identidad) Foundation, and the Arcoíris de Tumaco Foundation, with the support of the Canadian government, formally delivered to the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Reconciliation and Coexistence (CEV) the report, “They Told Us: You’re not just Black, but Maricas Too. Experiences and Impacts of the Armed Conflict on Afro-LGBT People in Southern Bolívar and the Colombian South Pacific.” The event took place virtually on March 30 and was broadcast live on the Truth Commission’s social networks and YouTube channel. The report was motivated by the need to contribute to the recognition by the Truth Commission, state institutions and the greater society of the aggravated forms…
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