Three years of impunity in Nicaragua: Race and Equality Demands Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Non-Repetition

Three years of impunity in Nicaragua: Race and Equality Demands Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Non-Repetition

Nicaragua
Washington, D.C., April 16, 2021 – On this third anniversary of the unleashing of the sociopolitical crisis in Nicaragua – which has left more than 300 people assassinated, hundreds of political prisoners, thousands of exiles, and numerous cases of grave human rights violations – the International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights (Race and Equality) joins its voice to the appeals for truth, justice, reparations, and non-repetition, and urges the State to cease the repression and guarantee the conditions of freedom and democracy that Nicaraguans yearn for. Context A de facto state of emergency exists in Nicaragua that is manifested in the growing restrictions to civic space; grave human rights violations; more than 100 political prisoners continuing to languish in Nicaragua’s jails; the inadequate management of the health crisis…
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Before the IACHR: Nicaragua’s colonization policy exposes indigenous peoples to ethnocide

Before the IACHR: Nicaragua’s colonization policy exposes indigenous peoples to ethnocide

CIDH, Nicaragua
March 19, 2020.- The colonization of indigenous territories on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast, encouraged by extractive activities on the natural resources necessary for the livelihood of Miskitu and Mayangna communities; the serious violations committed to deprive them of their territory; the resulting forced displacement and the food crisis faced by the communities expose these peoples to a posible ethnocide. This situation was raised yesterday before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) during the thematic hearing "Impact of colonization in indigenous territories of the Atlantic Coast in Nicaragua", held within the framework of the 179th Period of Sessions of this organism. During the hearing, civil society organizations denounced that the cattle ranching, gold mining and forestry industries have promoted the colonization of the Caribbean coast, in complicity with the Nicaraguan…
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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Afro-descendants call on States to address COVID-19 through inclusive and effective public policies

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Afro-descendants call on States to address COVID-19 through inclusive and effective public policies

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, English, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Race and Equality, Regional
Washington, D.C., March 19, 2021.- One year after the arrival of COVID-19 to the Americas, the pandemic continues to impact the region’s Afro-descendant population in distinct and disproportionate ways. As we approach International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21), the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) calls on States across the region to tackle the pandemic with public policies that account for this differential impact and guarantee economic recovery for all. In our work defending and promoting human rights across Latin America and the Caribbean alongside historically marginalized groups such as Afro-descendants, we have tracked the pandemic’s impact on vulnerable populations and studied government responses across the region. According to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the region’s…
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On International Women’s Day, Race and Equality pays tribute to all the women fighting for equality and a better world amid the COVID-19 pandemic

On International Women’s Day, Race and Equality pays tribute to all the women fighting for equality and a better world amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, English, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Race and Equality, Regional
Washington, D.C., March 8, 2021.- On this year’s International Women’s Day, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) makes a special recognition to all the women who were firm in their commitment for equality over the past year, particularly in light of the increase in violation of their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we align with the United Nations’ theme for commemorating March 8: “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” Race and Equality held talks with seven women from different parts of Latin America and the Caribbean who participated in advocacy spaces to promote the defense of their rights. We asked them to share their message to the nation’s leaders as well as a message of hope and…
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Alongside international experts and Latin American civil society leaders, Race and Equality publishes a new report, “CEDAW and its Impact on Women’s Lives: an intersectional approach”

Alongside international experts and Latin American civil society leaders, Race and Equality publishes a new report, “CEDAW and its Impact on Women’s Lives: an intersectional approach”

Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, English, LGBTI, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Race and Equality, Regional
Washington, D.C., March 5, 2021.- In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) held a webinar on Thursday, March 4th to launch the report “CEDAW and its Impact on Women’s Lives: an intersectional approach.” Representatives from organizations that defend the rights of Afro-descendant and LGBT women served as panelists alongside Gladys Acosta, president of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Marisa Hutchinson, program official at International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific); Janaina Oliveira, national director for LGBT issues of the Workers’ Party (PT) in Brazil; Laritza Diversent, director of the Cuban-American NGO Cubalex; María Vélez, coordinator of the Casa Afirmativa project operated by the Colombian organization Caribe…
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