States across the Americas must guarantee the lives and right to health of migrants and refugees in the face of the COVID-19 crisis

States across the Americas must guarantee the lives and right to health of migrants and refugees in the face of the COVID-19 crisis

English, OAS, OEA, Regional
The Americas, March 30th, 2020.- Over the past few weeks, we have seen how the measures implemented by governments calling for quarantines, shut downs, deportations, border closures and militarization to address the emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19 are disproportionately affecting migrants and petitioners for international protections. Multiple concerning situations as well as human rights violations of the migrant and refugee population have been denounced, among them, the situation of Venezuelan migrants stranded after both Colombia and Brazil closed their borders; the detention of at least 80Haitian nationals in Guatemala; the closing of the border between Mexico and the United States to asylum seekers, as well as the rise in deportations of Mexican and Central American people; the lack of sanitary and adequate conditions and the high risk of…
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Race and Equality – on the occasion of its fifth anniversary – holds reception acknowledging Mexico’s ratification of the Inter-American Conventions against Racism and against Discrimination

Race and Equality – on the occasion of its fifth anniversary – holds reception acknowledging Mexico’s ratification of the Inter-American Conventions against Racism and against Discrimination

English, Mexico, OAS, OAS, OEA
Washington, D.C., February 19, 2020. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) recognized the United Mexican States for its ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance and the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, during a reception held this past February 13 at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA). The event also marked Race and Equality’s fifth anniversary of working for human rights in the Americas and featured the presence of the diplomatic mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS). The reception gathered together various ambassadors and representatives of OAS Member States with members of DC-based NGOs. It also featured the participation of Luz Elena Baños, the illustrious Ambassador of Mexico…
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“The situation of violence against Afro-LGBTI people is invisible and systematic in Latin America” Activists warn the IACHR

“The situation of violence against Afro-LGBTI people is invisible and systematic in Latin America” Activists warn the IACHR

Brazil, CIDH, Colombia, Dominican Republic, English, IACHR, LGBTI, LGBTI, OEA, Peru, Regional
Quito, Ecuador. November 12, 2019. In the thematic hearing held during the 174 period of Hearings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Quito, Ecuador, LGBTI activists and Afro-descendants from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Peru presented on the situation of violence, lack of protection, and lack of knowledge of their prevailing rights in each of these States. Throughout the space, the activists highlighted how Afro-descendants with sexual orientations and non-normative gender identities are at greater risk of suffering from violations of their rights, especially by the States’ general lack of knowledge on the differentiated effects suffered by people living this reality. Likewise, the activists presented a summary of different cases of murder and violence against transgender people and Afro-descendants, especially those committed with a high degree of…
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Civil society organizations expose the lack of independence of the Nicaraguan judicial system to IACHR Commissioners

Civil society organizations expose the lack of independence of the Nicaraguan judicial system to IACHR Commissioners

CIDH, Nicaragua, OEA
Quito, Ecuador, November 11, 2019. During the 174th period of sessions of the IACHR, nine civil society organizations exposed the deep deterioration of judicial independence in Nicaragua, where the courts have failed to guarantee the rights of Nicaraguans to access to justice, due process and judicial guarantees in the context of the democratic crisis that began on April 18, 2018. During the hearing “Challenges for judicial autonomy and independence in Nicaragua”, the organizations highlighted how the Nicaraguan judiciary was brought into the government’s scheme to violate human rights, facilitating the criminalization of protest and the work of human rights defenders and generating conditions that guarantee impunity for human rights violations perpetrated by regime officials. “In Nicaragua, there is no independence or autonomy of powers. The co-optation of the judiciary by…
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Civil society from Cuba and Nicaragua will expose human rights violations at the 173rd period of sessions of the IACHR

Civil society from Cuba and Nicaragua will expose human rights violations at the 173rd period of sessions of the IACHR

CIDH, English, IACHR, Nicaragua, OEA
During the 173rd Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to be held from September 23 to October 2 in Washington, DC; the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) will participate in public hearings alongside multiple Cuban and Nicaraguan civil society organizations that will denounce the serious situation faced by activists, human rights defenders and independent journalists in their respective countries due to the repression, violence and harassment exercised by the regimes of Cuba and Nicaragua. We invite you to join the public hearings through the IACHR website and our social media. [vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="7190" img_size="800x800"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Monday, September 23, 2019 Hearing: “Serious human rights violations in Cuba” Despite the adoption of a new Cuban Constitution, the fundamental rights of the…
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