Urgent Debate on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”

Urgent Debate on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”

English, LGBTI, ONU, UN
June 17, 2020 43rd Human Rights Council Session Statement by the International Lesbian and Gay Association Madam President, Black Lives Matter. This statement is submitted by ILGA-World together with the International Institute for Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality). It draws the attention to the situation of racial injustice and police brutality that affects people of African descent including those persons within these communities with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) worldwide. The murder of George Floyd[1] has sparked an outcry that has highlighted the structural and systemic racism that permeates the United States and has reverberated and been taken up by other communities around the world. The militarized-like response to these protests has curtailed the right to freedom of assembly and expression…
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Statement on the Occasion of the Resolution to be Voted on by the UN Human Rights Council: “Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Nicaragua”

Statement on the Occasion of the Resolution to be Voted on by the UN Human Rights Council: “Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Nicaragua”

English, Nicaragua, ONU, UN
June 12, 2020 – We, the undersigned civil society organizations, wish to express our alarm to the UN Human Rights Council regarding the continuing repression in Nicaragua, rapid deterioration of the situation due to the spread of COVID-19, absence of a response from the State, and reluctance of the State to respond to the calls made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in compliance with the Resolution “Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Nicaragua” (A/HRC/40/L.8). In light of the foregoing, a new Resolution (A/HRC/43/L.35) was proposed during the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council, a session that was suspended due to the situation posed by COVID-19 and is set to resume on June 14 with a vote on said proposal scheduled as one of the points…
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“No place is more cruel and devastating than the prisons in Cuba”: Yolanda Carmenate’s story – former political prisoner of the Cuban state

“No place is more cruel and devastating than the prisons in Cuba”: Yolanda Carmenate’s story – former political prisoner of the Cuban state

Cuba, English
Yolanda Carmenate has spent 30 years as a political activist, professed religious believer, and human rights defender in Cuba. For those same 30 years, she has been harassed, mistreated and persecuted countless times by Cuban authorities. When asked about the details, the 63-year old activist replies that there are “too many incidents to specify the exact dates.” But the numerous press reports, judicial records, and fines in Yolanda’s name are all souvenirs of her persecution. Currently, Yolanda, a native of Las Tunas province, is a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and promotes the campaign “Cuba Decides” (CubaDecide), which seeks greater democratic participation for Cuban citizens, especially through voting and election reforms. She is also a parishioner of San Jerónimo Catholic Church. In retaliation for her activism, she…
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The case of George Floyd: an expression of structural racism

The case of George Floyd: an expression of structural racism

Afro-descendant, English, Regional
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race & Equality) expresses our outrage at the killing of George Floyd, recognizing that he was killed by racism and police violence. His death, which thousands of people in the United States and across the world are protesting, is the consequence of structural and institutionalized racism. This racism perpetuates poverty, violence, discrimination and other systematic violations of African Americans’ fundamental rights. Despite efforts to deny the extent of racism in the US, George Floyd’s death cannot be understood without reference to these patterns of discrimination and violence, particularly the persistence of police violence against African Americans. Race & Equality is united with the individuals and organizations who are responding to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others by…
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187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

English, LGBTI, UN
  The pandemic is exposing and deepening existing discrimination, violence and other human rights violations on the basis of SOGIESC, organisations tell the Human Rights Council   Today, Race and Equality joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. In line with the call to action signed by 96 human rights experts, organisations working for the protection of the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally have urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased…
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