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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International Trans Day of Remembrance: Remembering and reaffirming the struggle for equality and justice

International Trans Day of Remembrance: Remembering and reaffirming the struggle for equality and justice

Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Race and Equality, Regional
Washington, D.C., November 20th, 2020.- On November 20th, International Day of Trans Remembrance, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) remembers the trans people who have been killed around the world, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the majority of such killings take place according to civil society reports. Race and Equality spoke with six trans activists from across the region who keep the memory of those killed alive and carry on the struggle for equality and justice. An unimaginable reality Brandy Carolina was 32 years old when she was stabbed to death by a man in the La Chinita neighborhood of Barranquilla, Colombia. Brandy was known as an extrovert who dreamed of earning enough money to buy a house for her mother,…
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UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention requests immediate release of Nicaraguan student Kevin Solis

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention requests immediate release of Nicaraguan student Kevin Solis

English, Nicaragua, UN
Washington D.C. - October 20th, 2020. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) released an opinion this month regarding the arrest of university student and activist Kevin Solís on February 6, 2020, days after he and dozens of other young people participated in a protest at the Universidad Centroamericana (Central American University; UCA). The opinion concludes that Solís’ detention was arbitrary and calls upon the Government of Nicaragua to take urgent measures to remedy his situation, beginning with granting him freedom immediately. The opinion was requested by the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), the Legal Defense Unit (UDJ), and the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality). Although the WGAD requested that the Government of Nicaragua respond to the  organizations’ complaint by providing information…
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