Race and Equality celebrates the adoption of the UN resolution for the protection of african people and afro-descendants against police violence

Race and Equality celebrates the adoption of the UN resolution for the protection of african people and afro-descendants against police violence

Afro-descendant, Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Discrimination, English, LGBTI, LGBTI, UN, United Nations
Washington DC, July 15, 2021 - The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) celebrates the adoption, by consensus, of Resolution A/HRC/47/L.8 Rev.1, which aims to promote and protect African and Afro-descendants against excessive use of public force. This resolution was voted on at the 47th  General Assembly of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (HRC47), in which Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented her report on the subject, calling on member states to dismantle systemic racism and end police violence. This ruling is a historic step towards reforming systemic police brutality against the black population. The Resolution establishes an international mechanism of independent experts to promote transformative changes to justice and racial equality. This mechanism should be composed of three experts…
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Organizations alert the UN about the serious human rights situation in Nicaragua

Organizations alert the UN about the serious human rights situation in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, UN
On behalf of the undersigned organisations, we welcome the Special Rapporteur"s report on access to justice in the context of the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, which particularly relevant in the case of Nicaragua. We deplore that Nicaragua is still far from complying with the recommendations addressed in the Special Rapporteur"s report, as highlighted by the High Commissioner update as well. The lack of separations of powers has ensured impunity for the arbitrary attacks against civil society organisations and the prevalence of legislation that drastically restricts all freedom of association. Stigmatisation and obstacles to defending victims remain the rule for human rights defenders and independent lawyers, and those arbitrarily criminalised they accompany continue to face clear violations to their right to due process. The international community as…
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2021 CERD election today – Need for greater geographic diversity and competition in future

2021 CERD election today – Need for greater geographic diversity and competition in future

English, Race and Equality, UN
Geneva, Switzerland. 24 June 2021.- Today, the 182 States parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) were invited to vote to appoint half of the membership of the UN Committee (CERD) that is functioning as the guardian of that Convention. They elected 4 new experts and re-elected 5 members who were already sitting on the Committee, among a pool of 11 candidates. New members include Mr. Michał Balcerzak (Poland), Ms. Régine Esseneme (Cameroon), Ms. Gay McDougall (USA) and Ms. Mazalo Tebie (Togo). They will join 5 experts, whose terms as members of the CERD were coming to an end, and who have been re-elected for another four-year period: Mr. Nourredine Amir (Algeria), Ms. Chinsung Chung (Republic of Korea), Mr. Bakari Sidiki Diaby…
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UN High Commissioner calls for urgent change in Nicaragua’s approach to upcoming elections

UN High Commissioner calls for urgent change in Nicaragua’s approach to upcoming elections

Nicaragua, UN
Yesterday, June 22, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivered an oral update on the situation in Nicaragua before the UN Human Rights Council. Bachelet expressed her concern at the rapid deterioration of the human rights situation in Nicaragua, which “makes it unlikely that Nicaraguans will be able to fully exercise their political rights in the elections on 7 November.”   Bachelet expressed regret that the State of Nicaragua has failed to comply with almost all of the recommendations made by the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) since the beginning of the country’s socio-political crisis in April 2018.   The High Commissioner also denounced various acts of repression carried out by the National Police, paramilitary forces, pro-government media, and other…
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One year after the killing of George Floyd, Race and Equality calls for strengthening human rights mechanisms to combat systemic racism and police brutality

One year after the killing of George Floyd, Race and Equality calls for strengthening human rights mechanisms to combat systemic racism and police brutality

English, ONU, Race and Equality, UN
Washington, D.C.; May 25, 2021.- One year after the killing of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) reiterates our call to international human rights bodies and states to re-double their efforts to combat systemic racism and police brutality, including by strengthening mechanisms related to UN Human Rights Council Resolution 43/1. We also call on the United States government to listen to victims and survivors who demand justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-repetition. George Floyd’s death, which was recorded by a witness and broadcast across social media, provoked protests across the U.S. and around the world under the banner of Black Lives Matter, with protestors repeating Floyd’s cry, “I can’t breathe.” The worldwide outrage at his…
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