Cuban Human Rights Defenders Report on Rights Violations on the Island before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cuban Human Rights Defenders Report on Rights Violations on the Island before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cuba, English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0.  Washington D.C., April 8, 2016  Members of independent Cuban human rights groups presented on violence against and intimidation of human rights defenders and independent journalists in Cuba during a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. No representatives of the Cuban government attended. Nevertheless, Commissioner Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, Rapporteur for Cuba, while lamenting the State’s absence reiterated the Commission’s invitation to the government to engage with human rights defenders and affirmed the Commission’s “commitment to be a vehicle for constructive dialogue between both parties.” Magaly Norvis Otero, Executive Director of Hablemos Press, informed the Commission of the serious violations of rights to free speech and information that continue to occur in…
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The Situation Of Human Rights Defenders In Cuba

The Situation Of Human Rights Defenders In Cuba

English, OAS
Presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Friday, April 8, 2016 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, lunch included American University Washington College of Law 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Room Y112, Washington DC 20016 Speakers: Berta Soler, Movimiento Damas de Blanco “Laura Pollán” Laritza Diversent, Centro de Información Legal Cubalex Kirenia Núñez, Mesa de Diálogo de la Juventud Cubana Roberto de Jesús Guerra, Centro de Información HABLEMOS PRESS Moderator: Carlos Quesada, Executive Director, International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Introductory Remarks by: Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Professorial Lecturers in Residence and Co-Directors, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law This event will be in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation Registration…
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Latest UN Report Reiterates the Benefits of the Participation of Ethnic Communities in the Peace Process

Latest UN Report Reiterates the Benefits of the Participation of Ethnic Communities in the Peace Process

Colombia, English
Bogota, March 23, 2016. Led by its Colombian Representative, Todd Howland, the Office of the UN High  Commissioner for Human Rights held a press conference to present its 2015 Annual Report. Ayda Quilcue from the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council and Francia Marquez from the Ethnic Commission for Peace and the Black Women’s Mobilization to Care for Life and Ancestral Land in the Cauca Valley were invited to attend the event and offer an appraisal of the human rights situation in their communities. The conditions of the ethnic communities are a central topic of the analysis and recommendations of the report. Even in the general context of a de-escalation of the armed conflict, the systematic violation of these communities’ human rights has continued. Even more worrisome is the report’s conclusions that…
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Colombia’s Ethnic Commission for Peace and the Defense of Territorial Rights Visits Washington, D.C.

Colombia’s Ethnic Commission for Peace and the Defense of Territorial Rights Visits Washington, D.C.

Colombia, English
On March 18th and 19th, representatives of Colombia’s newly formed Ethnic Commission for Peace and the Defense of Territorial Rights visited Washington, D.C. to meet with policymakers, human rights advocates and the media. The activists sought to promote the inclusion of Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples in both the peace negotiations taking place in Havana, Cuba and the implementation of the forthcoming peace accords. Prior to the advocates’ arrival in Washington, the Ethnic Commission’s formation was officially announced on March 7th, in Bogota, Colombia. It represents the joining of two umbrella organizations, the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) and the National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA), that together represent hundreds of grassroots groups throughout Colombia. The leaders came together to speak to the public about the peace process and Colombia’s ethnic…
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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

English
March 21, 2016: The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: “Challenges to Confront Racism Against People of African Descent in the Americas” Despite the fact that Afro-descendants make up nearly 200 million people in the Americas, they continue to suffer pervasive discrimination. From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland in the United States to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia or Recife in Brazil; from the streets of Buenaventura or Cali in Colombia to the streets of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Afro-descendant youth face racial profiling and police brutality throughout the Americas. In Colombia, Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples have been disproportionately impacted by the long civil war. In comparison to other ethnic groups, they have lower levels of representation in the…
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