World AIDS Day: Race and Equality calls for Brazil and Colombia to guarantee equality in HIV treatment

World AIDS Day: Race and Equality calls for Brazil and Colombia to guarantee equality in HIV treatment

Blog, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Discrimination, IACHR, LGBTI, LGBTI, ONU, UN, United Nations
This December 1, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) honors and stands in solidarity with all people living with HIV on World AIDS Day. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in October 1987, with support from the United Nations (UN), the date aims to raise awareness and promote dialogue on sexual rights in an inclusive and responsive way for HIV prevention. In addition, this date aims to break stigmas about the reality of people living with the virus, being a day of visibility and solidarity. Brazil: Structural racism and LGBTIphobia as barriers in the treatment of AIDS In Brazil, throughout the month of December, the “Red December” awareness campaign is celebrated, symbolized by a red ribbon that, globally, represents solidarity and commitment in…
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UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders calls on all governments to fulfill their obligation to protect rights defenders

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders calls on all governments to fulfill their obligation to protect rights defenders

ONU
Washington D.C., October 22.- In an event held on Tuesday, October 20th, Ms. Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, called on governments worldwide to fulfill their obligation to protect human rights defenders from harm. During the event, activists Erlendy Cuero Bravo from Colombia and Alma Sinumlag from the Philippines shared their experiences as victims of threats and attacks due to their work defending their communities’ rights. The event, titled “Final Warnings: Death threats against human rights defenders,” was held with the support of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality). Iain Levine, human rights advisor at Facebook, also served as a panelist. Otto Saki, a program officer on Civic Engagement and Governance at the Ford Foundation, served as moderator and…
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Race and Equality publishes eight recommendations to protect the Afro-descendant population in Latin America from COVID-19

Race and Equality publishes eight recommendations to protect the Afro-descendant population in Latin America from COVID-19

OEA, ONU, Regional
Washington D.C. August 6, 2020.- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reverberate across Latin America, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) set out to analyze the impact of the pandemic on the region’s Afro-descendant population. Based on the results, the organization has formulated eight recommendations for States, human rights institutions, and international bodies to develop pandemic responses that are in line with Afro-descendants’ needs. Race and Equality conducted this research through several webinars, virtual meetings, and dialogues with Afro-descendant leaders between March 27 and May 17, 2020. Public statements from Afro-descendant civil society in the region and declarations from anti-racial discrimination mechanisms within the Organization of American States (OAS) and United Nations systems were also consulted. According to data from the UN Economic Commission…
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UN Independent Expert on SOGI calls for global ban on “Conversion Therapy”

UN Independent Expert on SOGI calls for global ban on “Conversion Therapy”

English, LGBTI, ONU, Race and Equality, UN
Washington D.C. July 17, 2020. – On July 14, the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI), Victor Madrigal-Borloz, launched his report on practices of so-called “conversion therapy” in an interactive online event in Spanish and Portuguese, following his presentation to the Human Rights Council on July 7-9, where he explained the severity of these practices, and the need for a global ban to protect LGBTI people. The event included the participation of the UN Resident Coordinator in Honduras, Alice Shackelford, and Andrés Sánchez Thorin, Deputy Representative and Officer-in-Charge of the Regional Office for Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. According to the report, "conversion therapy" is…
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Urgent Debate on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”

Urgent Debate on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”

English, LGBTI, ONU, UN
June 17, 2020 43rd Human Rights Council Session Statement by the International Lesbian and Gay Association Madam President, Black Lives Matter. This statement is submitted by ILGA-World together with the International Institute for Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality). It draws the attention to the situation of racial injustice and police brutality that affects people of African descent including those persons within these communities with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) worldwide. The murder of George Floyd[1] has sparked an outcry that has highlighted the structural and systemic racism that permeates the United States and has reverberated and been taken up by other communities around the world. The militarized-like response to these protests has curtailed the right to freedom of assembly and expression…
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