On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, States must strengthen their normative and Institutional frameworks

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, States must strengthen their normative and Institutional frameworks

English, OAS, Race and Equality, UN
Washington DC, March 21, 2017. On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights adheres to all forms of expressions from state and non-state actors, international organizations, and everyone who today, express their commitment to reinforce efforts leading to the elimination of racial discrimination. Particularly, we wish to express admiration and recognition to the many Afrodescendant communities and organizations with whom we work with in Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, and the Dominican Republic), as well as the regional networks of Afrodescendants. These defenders work tirelessly day and night to protect the rights of the most excluded and discriminated Afrodescendant communities in their countries. Their work and compromise are incessant, despite the structural nature of racial discrimination which they…
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The Institute Honors the President of Costa Rica for the Ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against Racism and Racial Discrimination

The Institute Honors the President of Costa Rica for the Ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against Racism and Racial Discrimination

English, OAS
Washington D.C. March 16, 2017. With the presence of the President of Costa Rica, Luís Guillermo Solís, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights organized an Act of Recognition, honoring the country for becoming the first in the hemisphere to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance in Washington D.C. The congratulatory event took place at the Art Museum of the Americas. Also in attendance as special guest was Margarette May Macaulay, Inter-American Human Rights Commissioner and Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination. Carlos Quesada, Executive Director of the Institute, thanked the government of Costa Rica for its leadership in promoting the Convention, adding that the ratification of the Convention culminated a process begun in 2003,…
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Costa Rica Becomes the First Country in the Region to Ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance

Costa Rica Becomes the First Country in the Region to Ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance

English, OAS
San Jose, Costa Rica – On August 5, 2016, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis signed Law 9558, by which Costa Rica becomes the first State in the region to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance – a Convention approved by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Antigua, Guatemala in 2013. “As a country, by ratifying the Convention we have taken an important step in guaranteeing the principles of equality and non-discrimination that are safeguarded in our Constitution. The Inter-American Convention becomes, through our own will, a supra-constitutional instrument of obligatory compliance,” President Solis said upon signing the document during an official event. Commissioner Margarette May Macaulay of Jamaica, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons of…
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General Assembly of the OAS – Presentation of the Report on Violence against LGBTI persons in the Americas in the Dominican Republic

General Assembly of the OAS – Presentation of the Report on Violence against LGBTI persons in the Americas in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, English, OAS
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights co-sponsored an event with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Trans Este Podemos Avanzar - TEPA, and Trans Siempre Amigas -TRANSSA, these last two being Dominican LGBTI rights organizations in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on June 14, 2016. The purpose of the event, held parallel to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) was to present the Inter-American Commission’s report Violence against LGBTI Persons in the Americas. The co-organizers welcomed the participation of Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission, who began by summarizing the findings of the report and emphasizing the multi-faceted discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, and intersex persons in the Americas, and the violent consequences this discrimination produces. Inter-American Commission…
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Participation in General Assembly of the OAS – Inter-American Forum of Afro-descendants in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

Participation in General Assembly of the OAS – Inter-American Forum of Afro-descendants in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, English, OAS
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights held the Inter-American Forum on Afro-descendants on Friday, June 10, 2016, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in conjunction with the Jacques Viau Network and DominicanosxDerecho. This annual civil society event, planned to coincide with the Organization of American States’ (OAS) General Assembly, this year brought together over ninety Afro-descendant and LGBTI activists from Latin America and the Caribbean. The main objectives of the Forum were to promote the effective participation of Afro-descendant and LGBTI organizations in the General Assembly and broaden their advocacy opportunities before the OAS, and make more visible the rampant discrimination suffered by Afro-Dominicans and Dominicans of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic. To this end, the morning sessions of the Forum focused generally on the situation of…
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