Recognition of Diverse Couples in Cuba: Race and Equality Promotes South-South Exchange on the Eve of Family Code Law’s Preliminary Draft

Recognition of Diverse Couples in Cuba: Race and Equality Promotes South-South Exchange on the Eve of Family Code Law’s Preliminary Draft

Cuba, English, LGBTI, Race and Equality
Washington D.C., July 1, 2021.- On June 29, 2021, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) launched the report, “Towards the Recognition of Diverse Couples in Cuba” on the eve of the presentation of a new Family Code to Congress, which will be subsequently submitted to a referendum for its approval. The launch was carried out in a virtual event in which representatives of independent civil society on the island and activists from Ecuador and Costa Rica participated to share their country’s experiences and strategies in the recognition of marriage equality. The webinar was called Recognition of Diverse Couples in Cuba: Exchange of Experiences in the Region. The panelists included the Executive Director of Race and Equality, Carlos Quesada; the journalist and independent activist from Cuba,…
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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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Menstruation: a vital topic for ensuring human rights in Latin America

Menstruation: a vital topic for ensuring human rights in Latin America

Cuba, English, Race and Equality
Washington, D.C.; May 28, 2021.- To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated worldwide on May 28th, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) held a virtual panel with Latin American activists and experts who discussed menstruation and its relationship with human rights. The panel also launched the new report Menstruation and Human Rights in Cuba, written and published by the Cuban civil society organization Plataforma Femenina (Women’s Platform). The panel began with a presentation of Menstruation and Human Rights in Cuba, which discusses the obstacles that women, adolescent and young girls, and other menstruating people face in accessing menstrual hygiene products. The report offers recommendations to the State of Cuba regarding the need to provide the conditions for menstruating with dignity. From there, the panelists discussed…
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Race and Equality expresses concern for imprisoned Cuban activist Yandier García Labrada and calls on Cuba to comply with the decisions of the IACHR

Race and Equality expresses concern for imprisoned Cuban activist Yandier García Labrada and calls on Cuba to comply with the decisions of the IACHR

Cuba, IACHR, Race and Equality
Washington, D.C.; May 26, 2021.- The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) expresses our serious concern at the situation of Yandier Garcia Labrada, a Cuban activist and member of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) who has been held in “El Típico” prison for nearly eight months without any charges being presented against him. Yandier Garcia Labrada was detained on October 6, 2020, after protesting against problems with the distribution of food in Manatí, Las Tunas. After being detained, he was held incommunicado for approximately a month, during which time he suffered beatings at the hands of security forces which left him with an immobilized arm. He has still not received any medical attention, despite this injury and his severe asthma. Recognizing the serious risks that Yandier…
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Two years after Havana’s historic May 11, LGBTI+ activists in Cuba discuss progress and challenges

Two years after Havana’s historic May 11, LGBTI+ activists in Cuba discuss progress and challenges

Cuba, English, LGBTI
Washington, D.C.; May 11, 2021.- On May 11, 2019, Cuba’s LGBTI+ community staged an unprecedented event. After the Nacional Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) cancelled its annual LGBTI+ pride parade without explanation or justification, LGBTI+ Cubans and their allies held their own celebration in Havana. Although the day ended in repression, it also marked a new high point for the country’s LGBTI+ movement and gave greater visibility than ever to the community’s realities and demands. Independent Cuban activists and members of the LGBTI+ movement told Race and Equality that despite the violence and arbitrary detentions meted out against them, they remember May 11th as an authentic expression of their community’s demands to increase LGBTI+ visibility and secure human rights for all Cubans. “The march was the result of three key…
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