Cuba: In response to Race and Equality’s request, IACHR grants precautionary measures to three members of the Citizens’ Committee for Racial Integration

Cuba: In response to Race and Equality’s request, IACHR grants precautionary measures to three members of the Citizens’ Committee for Racial Integration

Cuba, English, IACHR, Race and Equality
Washington, D.C., January 22, 2021.- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted precautionary measures to Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna, Marthadela Tamayo González, and Osvaldo Navarro Veloz, three human rights defenders who are members of the Citizens’ Committee for Racial Integration (CIR, by its Spanish initials) in Cuba, having found that they face a situation of grave and imminent risk of irreparable damage to their human rights. In its decision, the IACHR called upon the State of Cuba to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the three activists’ rights to life, to personal integrity, to freedom of expression, and to carry out their work as human rights defenders without suffering violence or intimidation. These measures should be agreed upon in consultation with the beneficiaries. The International Institute on Race,…
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IACHR Thematic Hearing: Nicaraguan Civil Society Exposes the Situation of 110 Political Prisoners

IACHR Thematic Hearing: Nicaraguan Civil Society Exposes the Situation of 110 Political Prisoners

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, OAS
Washington, D.C.; December 10, 2020. At a hearing held today during the 178th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Nicaraguan human rights defenders presented evidence of serious rights violations against 110 people who are imprisoned for political reasons. Ana Bolaños, Legal Program Officer at Race and Equality; Juanita Jiménez of the Autonomous Women’s Movement (MAM); Rosario Flores from the Meso-American Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) and Georgina Ruiz of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) gave testimony during the hearing along with Elton Ortega and Alexandra Salazar from the Legal Defense Unit of Nicaragua (UDJ). These organizations collaborated to solicit a hearing on the topic of political prisoners. The participants emphasized that of these 110 political prisoners, imprisoned for their roles in the protests…
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Human Rights Day: Continuing on the path towards human rights for all

Human Rights Day: Continuing on the path towards human rights for all

Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, IACHR, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Race and Equality, Regional, UN
Washington, D.C.; December 10, 2020.- 72 years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world has not yet achieved the full guarantee and enjoyment of each person’s inherent rights. In Latin America and the Caribbean, structures that contribute to human rights violations, particularly violations against historically marginalized populations, remain persistent and in some cases are worsening. This December 10th, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) joins the international celebration of Human Rights Day by reviewing the human rights situation across the region, particularly the countries where we partner with civil society: Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. The killing of George Floyd Race and Equality added our voice to the global outrage…
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Race and Equality presents petition to the IACHR regarding human rights violations against independent media in Nicaragua

Race and Equality presents petition to the IACHR regarding human rights violations against independent media in Nicaragua

English, IACHR, Nicaragua
Washington, D.C.; December 3, 2020. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) earlier today, detailing actions by the State of Nicaragua that restrict and criminalize the work of independent journalists, violating Nicaraguans’ right to freedom of expression. The petition includes 39 victims who have suffered various acts of repression and violence at the hands of State agents and pro-government groups. The 39 victims include managers, journalists, and employees of the independent outlets Radio Darío, 100% Noticias, Confidencial-Esta Semana, and Radio La Costeñísima. The petition describes physical attacks, death threats, arbitrary detentions, surveillance, destructive police raids, and property confiscation against independent Nicaraguan media. Race and Equality also submitted evidence of arbitrary actions against the victims by…
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World AIDS Day: Race and Equality calls for Brazil and Colombia to guarantee equality in HIV treatment

World AIDS Day: Race and Equality calls for Brazil and Colombia to guarantee equality in HIV treatment

Blog, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Discrimination, IACHR, LGBTI, LGBTI, ONU, UN, United Nations
This December 1, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) honors and stands in solidarity with all people living with HIV on World AIDS Day. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in October 1987, with support from the United Nations (UN), the date aims to raise awareness and promote dialogue on sexual rights in an inclusive and responsive way for HIV prevention. In addition, this date aims to break stigmas about the reality of people living with the virus, being a day of visibility and solidarity. Brazil: Structural racism and LGBTIphobia as barriers in the treatment of AIDS In Brazil, throughout the month of December, the “Red December” awareness campaign is celebrated, symbolized by a red ribbon that, globally, represents solidarity and commitment in…
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