High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet: “the health crisis caused by COVID-19 has led to greater restrictions on civic and democratic space” in Nicaragua

High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet: “the health crisis caused by COVID-19 has led to greater restrictions on civic and democratic space” in Nicaragua

English, Nicaragua, UN
Geneva, July 2nd, 2020. The health crisis caused by COVID-19 has led to greater restrictions on civic and democratic space in Nicaragua, according to an oral update given by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet during the 44th period of sessions of the Human Rights Council. “The official discourse stigmatizes people who criticize the State response or disseminate information contradicting official sources (...) There is also little transparency and lack of clarity in public information on cases. Although the Government has indicated that it has been working to strengthen public health and community health, visiting house to house to detect cases, some government measures do not comply with the recommendations of the WHO, PAHO and the Nicaraguan medical community, especially regarding physical distancing”, said the High Commissioner.…
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“It hurts so much to think about when I was there”: Jacqueline Heredia’s story – former political prisoner of the Cuban State

“It hurts so much to think about when I was there”: Jacqueline Heredia’s story – former political prisoner of the Cuban State

Cuba, English
Women deprived of liberty in Cuba are subjected to inhumane treatment and violations of their basic human rights in prison. Jacqueline Heredia is living proof of this abuse. Her story also reveals the particular violence faced by two of Cuba’s most vulnerable groups: opositores [members of political opposition groups] and people living with HIV. Jacqueline, 40, is an activist who spent 16 months in San José prison, located on the outskirts of Havana. San José houses both male and female prisoners with HIV. “[The prison] is tough, and it never receives any attention. The treatment there is discriminatory, the guards and doctors treat the inmates as if they had the plague,” she says. Despite being housed in a prison specifically for those with HIV, Jacqueline never received anti-retroviral medications while…
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Race and Equality expresses its concern and calls the IACHR to publicly denounce the serious situation of violence and discrimination the LGBTI population is facing in Colombia during the COVID-19

Race and Equality expresses its concern and calls the IACHR to publicly denounce the serious situation of violence and discrimination the LGBTI population is facing in Colombia during the COVID-19

Colombia, English, IACHR, LGBTI
Bogotá, june 25, 2020 - The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) addresses the honorable IACHR to express its deep concerned regarding recent incidents of violence and discrimination against LGBT people across Colombia. These incidents raise an alarm about rising human rights violations against LGBT Colombians during the COVID-19 pandemic. LGBT Colombians are suffering not only disproportionate negative impacts of the deadly disease, but also high levels of violence because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Sharp increase in violence and killings In Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region, 15 homicides against LGBT people have already been recorded in 2020, the highest rate ever recorded by Caribe Afirmativo, a local LGBT rights organization and partner of Race & Equality.[1] Ariadna Barrios Ojeda, a trans woman living…
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

English, Jobs
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Location: Washington, D.C. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is a human rights organization created in 2014 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grassroots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women, and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of strategic litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research, and advocacy at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. We work with our partners…
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Human Rights Council will strengthen its monitoring of the situation in Nicaragua

Human Rights Council will strengthen its monitoring of the situation in Nicaragua

English, Nicaragua, UN
Geneva, June 19th, 2020. The UN Human Rights Council approved today a new resolution on Nicaragua that renews its mandate until March 2021 and strengthens the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’s mandate to monitor the situation of serious human rights violations and to report on its findings at the 44th, 45th and 46th period of sessions of the Council. The resolution “Promotion and protection of human rights in Nicaragua (A/HRC/43/L.35)”, which renews the resolution approved in March 2019 (A/HRC/40/L.8), allows the OHCHR to report on the situation in Nicaragua so that the member states of the Council can discuss new alternatives for solving the crisis and push for compliance with the recommendations given to the Nicaraguan State. Passage of the resolution was led by Canada, Costa Rica,…
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