High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet updates the Human Rights Council on the situation in Nicaragua

High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet updates the Human Rights Council on the situation in Nicaragua

English, Nicaragua, ONU, UN
Geneva, February 27th, 2020. During the 43rd period of sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet updated the Member States on the situation in Nicaragua, which has suffered a human rights crisis since April 2018, assuring them that repression continues from various fronts. “Since the presentation of my last report in September 2019, human rights violations have not ceased, within the framework of an extremely complex political and social context,” the High Commissioner stated. The High Commissioner highlighted the lack of guarantees for the safe return of more than 98,000 Nicaraguans who have left the country; the persistence of threats and intimidation against victims' organizations and their lawyers; violations of the right to peaceful protest and the rights to freedom of opinion…
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#ONUporNicaragua: Race and Equality calls for the renewal of the mandate of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet for Nicaragua

#ONUporNicaragua: Race and Equality calls for the renewal of the mandate of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet for Nicaragua

English, Nicaragua, UN
February 21st, 2020. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) recently launched the #ONUporNicaragua campaign to ask the UN Human Rights Council to renew resolution A/HRC/40/L.8, “Promotion and protection of human rights in Nicaragua,” originally adopted on March 21st, 2019 for a one-year period. This resolution expressed concern about the allegations of serious human rights violations committed in Nicaragua since April 2018 and increasing restrictions on civic space and expressions of dissent. The Resolution urged the Nicaraguan government to respect the human rights of its citizens, to return to the National Dialogue with protestors and other elements of civil society, and to resume cooperation with international organizations, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and…
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UN Independent Expert visits Brazil on promotional mission co-organized by Race and Equality

UN Independent Expert visits Brazil on promotional mission co-organized by Race and Equality

Brazil, English, LGBTI, UN
Race and Equality co-organized a promotional visit of the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal, to Brazil on January 20-25, to speak with leaders, activists, and members of LGBTI civil society groups about his work, better understand their realities, and strengthen means of communication between them and the mandate. During the visit, the Independent Expert participated in conversations with around 40 local LGBTI organizations, including over 100 different activists, between three different cities, and two public events.  The visit took place in the cities of Brasília, Salvador, and Rio de Janeiro. Within the meetings with civil society organizations in Brasília, activists expressed their different concerns facing LGBTI populations, in particular, highlighting the difficulties faced due to the invisibilization…
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Race and Equality honors the work of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Race and Equality honors the work of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

English, ONU, UN
To commemorate the 100th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) has launched the #CERD100 campaign to highlight the Committee’s contributions, the successes it has achieved and the challenges it faces as it confronts growing levels of racism and discrimination worldwide. The campaign amplifies the Committee’s call to civil society organizations to join in the Committee’s work of denouncing rights violations, defending and promoting human rights and building a society marked by truth, peace and justice. The CERD was the first UN human rights treaty body and for its first seven years was the only one in operation. In its first session in 1970, the Committee established working methods and rules of procedure that would…
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Race and Equality coordinates academic visit of UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal.

Race and Equality coordinates academic visit of UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal.

Brazil, English, LGBTI, LGBTI, ONU, UN
The UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Mr. Victor Madrigal, will make an academic visit to Brazil, which will be coordinated by the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights. (Race and Equality), January 20-25, to disclose the scope of the mandate to LGBTI civil society organizations. As part of this visit, the Independent Expert will partake in two panel discussions on the problems and difficulties of this population in relation to the international standards of human rights. These two events will include a dialogue between LGBTI leaders and the Independent Expert, who will talk about the working tools and mechanisms available to them, as well as how these tools interact with the exercise and guarantees of the fundamental rights of…
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