Civil Society Organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean will participate at the 49th OAS General Assembly

Throughout the 49th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Medellín, Colombia from June 25-28, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), alongside a variety of organizations from Latin American and Caribbean countries including Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, will coordinate several events discussing the panorama of human rights in the region, especially among vulnerable populations and in countries currently facing violence.

All events will be broadcast live on Race and Equality’s Facebook page. There will also be extensive coverage of the events on social media, under the hashtags #AsambleaOEA and #RazaeigualdadOEA

Below please find details for each of the events that Race and Equality will host during the regional summit:

INTER-AMERICAN FORUM AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

Objective: To reflect upon and analyze the situation of Afro-descendent people in Latin America and the Caribbean in the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 25
  • Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm
  • Location: Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro (Medellín)

You can find the full program here (in Spanish only).

Opening:

Carlos Quesada – Executive Director of Race and Equality.

Panelists:
Erlendy Cuero Bravo – Vice-president AFRODES, Colombia
Paola Yánez – Regional Coordinador, Red de Mujeres Afrolatinas y Afrocaribeñas de la Diáspora
Margarette May Macaulay – IACHR Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination
Christian King – Executive Director, Trans Siempre Amigas, Dominican Republic
Rodnei Jerico da Silva – Coordinador SOS Racismo, Brazil
Catherine Pognant, Director of the Office of Civil Society, Organization of American States
Juan Antonio Madrazo, National Coordinator, Comité Ciudadano por la Integración Racial, Cuba
Harvey Maradiaga, Coordinator ADISNIC, Nicaragua
Elvia Duque, representant of Race and Equality

Moderators:
Adriana Rodríguez –  Race and Equality
Cecilia Ramírez – Centro de Desarrollo de la Mujer Negra Peruana (CEDEMUNEP)

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COLOMBIAN PEACE ACCORDS: SOCIAL INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRO-COLOMBIAN TERRITORIES

Objective: To discuss the opportunities for meaningful and effective implementation of the peace accords in Colombia, while also identifying the causes of increased killings of Afro-descendent social leaders.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 25
  • Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro (Medellín)

Panelists:
Ángela Salazar, Commissioner, Colombian Truth Commission
Nixon Ortiz, Fundación Arcoíris libre de Tumaco
Audes Jiménez, Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas y Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora (RMAAD)
Emigdio Cuesta Pino, Conferencia Nacional de Organizaciones Afrocolombianas CNOA
Melquiceded Blandon, Consejo Nacional de Paz Afrocolombiano (Conpa)

Moderators:
Elvia Duque, Race and Equality
Wilson Castañeda, Caribe Afirmativo

WHERE IS NICARAGUA HEADING? CHALLENGES TO HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE CONTEXT OF CRISIS


Objective: 
To discuss the challenges facing Nicaragua after 14 months of crisis, particularly the obstacles to guaranteeing human rights in the country, and to discuss the path to renewed dialogue between the Nicaraguan Government and the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 26
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro (Medellín)

Panelists:

Roberto Desogus, Coordinator for Nicaragua on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Antonia Urrejola, Commissioner and Rapporteur for Nicaragua, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Sofía Macher, member of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), Nicaragua
Marlin Sierra, Executive director CENIDH
Azahalea Solís, member of Alianza Cívica and representative of the MAM
Lucía Pineda, Head of Press 100% Noticias

Moderator:
Ana Bolaños,  Race and Equality

LAUNCH OF THE IACHR REPORT “RECOGNITION OF THE RIGHTS OF LGBTI PEOPLE”

Objective: For the first time in Colombia, Race and Equality will debut the results of an IACHR study published in May on the advances that American states have made the protect the rights of LGBTI people, so that other countries can advance the agenda of equality, inclusion, and non-discrimination for the LGBTI community.

  • Date: Thursday, June 27
  • Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Location: Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro (Medellín)

Panelists:

Antonia Urrejola, IACHR Commisioner and Country Rapporteur for Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Uruguay.
Ernesto Zelayandia, Fellow IACHR Special Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGTBI Persons
Sandra Milena Arizabaleta,  Somos Identidad, Colombia
Alessandra Ramos, Transformar, Brasil
Belén Zapata,  Red de Jóvenes Afroperuanos Ashantí, Perú

Moderator: 

Mauricio Noguera, LGBTI Program Officer, Race and Equality

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