Stop killing us! Grupo Conexão G from Favela da Maré in Brazil

Stop killing us! Grupo Conexão G from Favela da Maré in Brazil

Brazil, Español, LGBTI, LGBTI-en, Spanish
The first-ever LGBTI Culture and Citizenship Festival of the Favelas was held from September 6-8, in the midst of a police operation that lasted almost 20 hours and left two people dead, leading the community of Maré to cry out, “Deixem de nos matar!” [“Stop killing us!”]. Since 2006, Grupo Conexão G has been carrying out vital work in Complexo da Maré, a conglomerate of 19 favelas located in Rio de Janeiro among the city's main access roads and close to the international airport. In 2010, when the last census was taken by the federal government, Maré had about 130,000 inhabitants. Maré is one of the most dangerous favelas in Brazil. Completely controlled by drug traffickers, Maré is constantly in a state of warfare among rival gang factions and the…
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Race and Equality:  “The cuban State uses its penal code to criminalize voices that speak out against the regime”

Race and Equality: “The cuban State uses its penal code to criminalize voices that speak out against the regime”

CIDH, Cuba, English, Español, IACHR, OAS, OEA, ONU, Spanish, UN
In its most recent report, the human rights organization asserts that Cuban laws lack the necessary protections to ensure respect for due process and other human rights of persons accused of crimes. The guarantees that do exist are not respected by the authorities in cases of independent activists. As a part of the event “Weaponizing Justice: Rule of Law and Cuba’s New Constitution” that took place Wednesday, September 11 at the Inter-American Dialogue, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) officially launched its most recent report, entitled “Premeditated Convictions: Analysis of the Situation of the Administration of Justice in Cuba.” In the report, Race and Equality documents and analyzes the patterns of criminalization, repression, and harassment used by the Cuban state against independent activists, a…
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Statement: FOR LIFE AND FOR PEACE, NOT A STEP BACK WITH THE PEACE PROCESS!

Statement: FOR LIFE AND FOR PEACE, NOT A STEP BACK WITH THE PEACE PROCESS!

Colombia, Colombia, English, Español, Spanish
Bogotá, Colombia. August 29th, 2019. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) expresses extreme concern about the video released this Thursday morning, in which three former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its initials in Spanish) announced a new stage of armed conflict for what they have called “the awakening of consciences” in Colombia. During the speech recorded on video, Iván Márquez, former leader of the FARC, argues that given the “betrayal” and lack of political will of the Colombian Government for the effective implementation of the peace agreements, a “New Marquetalia” or new armed group will begin to operate in coordination with the National Liberation Army (ELN, for its initials in Spanish), a guerrilla that still operates outside the law…
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Statement of civil society organizations regarding the coming report about the situation in Nicaragua from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statement of civil society organizations regarding the coming report about the situation in Nicaragua from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

English, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, ONU, Spanish, UN, United Nations
August 26th, 2019. As UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet prepares to present her report on Nicaragua on September 10th, in compliance with the March 21st Human Rights Council resolution “Promotion and protection of human rights in Nicaragua” (A/HRC/40/L.8), civil society organizations and human rights defenders wish to express our concerns regarding ongoing repression, harassment, and threats against those defending democracy, justice, and human rights in Nicaragua. For the last 16 months, Nicaragua has suffered a human rights crisis provoked by brutal repression from state forces and pro-government armed groups seeking to quell massive country-wide protests. According to data from the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) at least 328 people died, including 29 children and adolescents, and more than 2,000 were injured as a result of this violence. Thousands more…
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SANKOFA: “Back to the past to resignify the present”: The reality of Black transgender and travesti women in Brazil

SANKOFA: “Back to the past to resignify the present”: The reality of Black transgender and travesti women in Brazil

Brazil, Brazil, CIDH, English, Español, IACHR, LGBTI, LGBTI-en, OAS, Spanish
The SANKOFA Forum, which brought Afro-Brazilian, trans and travesti (a term used to describe a variety of feminine gender expressions) women together with the female public defenders of Brazil, was held from August 15-16 in Rio de Janeiro. The Forum was a space for exchange and dialogue about struggles and successes in the fight for racial and gender justice. “Sankofa”, an African word for a symbolic two-headed bird, was chosen as the name of the forum to capture its mission of looking “back to the past to resignify the present.” The Forum was organized by the Transformar Institute, ANTRA, CEJIL, Criola, Núcleo de Direitos Humanos da Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Forum Justiça, Fórum Estadual de Mulheres Negras, Defensoria Pública and the Institute on Race, Equality and Human…
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