AAEC and Synergía submit a shadow report on Togo for 132nd session of the UN Human Rights Committee

Afrique Arc En Ciel Togo, in collaboration with Synergía, submitted a shadow report on the human rights violations of individuals based on their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in Togo in preparation for the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Committee. The 132nd session will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from June 28, 2021 to July 23, 2021. Read the full report in French and English.

Synergía and the Coalition LGBTTTI& TS working with the OAS deplore the killing of Andrea González

Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights, along with the Coalition of LGBTTTI and Sex Workers Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean working with the Organization of American States (OAS), deplores with outrage the brutal murder of Andrea González, director of the organization OTRANS Reinas de la Noche and member of the Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Personas Trans. Andrea was murdered in a shooting on June 11 in Guatemala City, despite having reported to the police the countless death threats that she had received in the weeks before. Andrea was a tireless advocate, both domestically and internationally. In

UN Special Procedures condemn arbitrary arrest of Ghanaian LGBTI human rights defenders

A group of seven UN Special Procedures has condemned yesterday the arrest of 21 human rights defenders (HRDs) and called the government of Ghana for their immediate and unconditional release. The 21 HRDs of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights were arrested in Ho, Volta region, on May 20 while they were holding a human rights training for the protection of the rights of sexual minorities. They were charged with unlawful assembly under section 202 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code and denied bail a number of times by the Ho Circuit Court. According to the

CIAC webinar series in April 2021

The Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC) will host on April 26-30 at 3pm (GMT+3 – Nairobi time) a webinar series featuring publications and other information materials the Coalition has recently published. Each webinar will feature a panel of experts on the various topics. All latest CIAC publications can be found here. To register for the events: April 26 https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X89KE2DNTRyPCF1Y8s1lyg April 27 https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2t22NoTdSy6bQsIkWTD0Sg April 28 https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VuMIEidqR8-YJBhOqf_W9Q April 29 https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Br9JymJQTZupqQHDncDzlQ April 30 https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0zJ10cA0RuGI4a78Arwq1g The webinars will be also streamed live on the CIAC Facebook page at https://web.facebook.com/CoalitionIAC

Synergía and partners presented an Amicus Brief before the Inter American Court in the case of Manuela v. El Salvador

Manuela, a Salvadoran woman of low socioeconomic resources, died of cancer at the age of 33 while serving a 30-year prison sentence for the crime of aggravated homicide, after suffering an obstetric emergency and without ever having received adequate treatment for lymphatic cancer she was suffering from (Hodgkin’s lymphoma). The case is particularly relevant since Manuela’s conviction occurred in the context of full criminalization of voluntary termination of pregnancy. Synergía, together with Vecinas Feministas por la justicia sexual y reproductiva en América Latina; Akahata – equipo de trabajo en sexualidades y géneros; Soulforce; Balance promoción para el desarrollo y juventud

Case of torture against Yefri Peña, trans woman from Peru, is filed with the UN Human Rights Committee

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos – Promsex, the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos – CNDDHH, and Synergía filed the case of Yefri Peña before the UN Human Rights Committee. In October 2007, Yefri Peña Tuanama, a trans woman from Lima, Peru, was attacked by five invidivuals on her way home from her workplace as sexual health educator in the Ate-Vitarte district. Yefri sought help in a police station, yet the police officers denied any form of support because of her gender identity.

The Coalition of LGBTTTI and Sex Workers Organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean celebrate the culmination of another successful OAS General Assembly, despite attempts to restrict spaces for civil society participation.

The Coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestite, Intersex (LGBTTTI) Organizations and Sex Workers of Latin America and the Caribbean that work within the framework of the Organization of American States (OAS), participated in the 50th Ordinary Period of Sessions of the General Assembly, that took place on October 20 and 21, 2020 in Washington DC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings took place virtually. During the Dialogue with heads of delegations, the Secretary General and civil society, that took place on October 19th, two members of the Coalition spoke representing sex workers organizations and LGBTI organizations respectively.

ACHPR Civil Society Organisations’ Side Events (ACSE) closing with plenary featuring the new Commissioners.

ISLA, AMSHeR and Synergía hosted the first virtual session of the ACHPR Civil Society Organisations’ Side Events (ACSE). The two-week webinar series took place from 21 September until 2 October 2020, with a total of 21 webinars hosted in parallel on Zoom and GoToWebinar. All sessions were open to the public, free of charge and in some cases offered simultaneous interpretation services for French and Spanish speaking participants. Over 500 people participated in the online seminars, workshops, plenaries and member meetings. As in previous sessions since 2012, ACSE has managed to successfully engage a global community that remains committed to

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA), the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) and Synergía to host the ACHPR Civil Society Organisations’ Side Events.

ISLA, AMSHeR and Synergía will host the ACHPR Civil Society Organisations’ Side Events on September 21st-October 2nd, 2020. The ACHPR Civil Society Organisations’ Side Events is a space for civil society organisations engaged in advocacy before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Commission, incubate coalitions interested in building strategic advocacy strategies, and foster the development of CSOs priorities and implementation plans. The side events will take place online via Zoom and GoToWebinar. CSOs who are interested in hosting an event should apply by completing this Google form. The full schedule of

Desde Córdoba Diversa una Organización por los derechos del colectivo LGBTIQ + te invitamos a un Webinar sobre Políticas Públicas, Diversidad Sexual y Derechos Humanos: Un camino hacia la igualdad.

El primer  encuentro se realizará  el día martes  25  de Agosto  11 am ( Argentina) 10 am Washington y Paraguay. Los y las disertantes: Dra Soledad García Muñoz – Relatora Especial  DESCA – CIDH Dr Julián López Ministro de Justicia y Derechos Humanos de Córdoba – Argentina Sr Raul La cava Secretario de Desarrollo Social – Municipalidad de Córdoba – Argentina Dra Carmen Colazo Miembra del Grupo Impulsor de Paridad ONUMUJERES Marcelo Ernesto Ferreyra Coordinador Regional para América Latina y el Caribe – SYNERGIA – Iniciativa por los Derechos Humanos. Encuentro vía Zoom  Inscripción previa/gratuita haciendo click en este enlace

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