Cuban Human Rights Defenders Report on Rights Violations on the Island before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cuban Human Rights Defenders Report on Rights Violations on the Island before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cuba, English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0.  Washington D.C., April 8, 2016  Members of independent Cuban human rights groups presented on violence against and intimidation of human rights defenders and independent journalists in Cuba during a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. No representatives of the Cuban government attended. Nevertheless, Commissioner Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, Rapporteur for Cuba, while lamenting the State’s absence reiterated the Commission’s invitation to the government to engage with human rights defenders and affirmed the Commission’s “commitment to be a vehicle for constructive dialogue between both parties.” Magaly Norvis Otero, Executive Director of Hablemos Press, informed the Commission of the serious violations of rights to free speech and information that continue to occur in…
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The Situation Of Human Rights Defenders In Cuba

The Situation Of Human Rights Defenders In Cuba

English, OAS
Presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Friday, April 8, 2016 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, lunch included American University Washington College of Law 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Room Y112, Washington DC 20016 Speakers: Berta Soler, Movimiento Damas de Blanco “Laura Pollán” Laritza Diversent, Centro de Información Legal Cubalex Kirenia Núñez, Mesa de Diálogo de la Juventud Cubana Roberto de Jesús Guerra, Centro de Información HABLEMOS PRESS Moderator: Carlos Quesada, Executive Director, International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Introductory Remarks by: Claudia Martin and Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, Professorial Lecturers in Residence and Co-Directors, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law This event will be in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation Registration…
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Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Rights of LGBTI People in Cuba

Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Rights of LGBTI People in Cuba

Cuba, English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Washington DC, Monday, October 19, 2015 Independent Cuban LGBTI activists, in coordination with the Institute for Race, Equality and Human Rights participated in a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in order present a report on the human rights situation of LGBTI people in Cuba. Juana Mora Cedeño of Arco Iris Libre de Cuba (Free Rainbow of Cuba) and Sisi Montiel of the Red Trans Fantasía (Fantasy Trans Network) appeared on behalf of independent Cuban LGBTI civil society, and Carlos Quesada, Executive Director of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human, joined the activists to present on the situation of discrimination and unequal protection of rights experienced by LGBTI people in Cuba. No representative of…
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Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Situation of Afro-Costa Ricans

Thematic Hearing Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the Situation of Afro-Costa Ricans

English, OAS
Photo courtesy of OAS photographer Daniel Cima, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Washington DC, Friday, October 23rd 2015 Carlos Quesada of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, in conjunction with Costa Rican co-petitioner Catherine McKinley of the Asociación para el Desarrollo de las Mujeres Negras Costarricences (the Association for the Development of Costa Rican Black Women), in representation of the Afro-Costa Rican groups the Unión Afrodescendiente Asesora (the Afro-Descendant Advisory Union) and the Red Nacional de Jóvenes Afrocostarricenses (the National Network of Afro-Costa Rican Youth), participated in a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in order to present to the Commission a current overview of the challenges facing Afro-Costa Ricans. Catherine McKinley presented information on the number of Afro-Costa Ricans from the latest 2011 National…
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