Convocatoria a consultorías: Elaboración de estado del arte sobre la respuesta de los Estados frente a la violencia por prejuicio hacia personas LGBTIQ+ en América Latina y el Caribe

La Red de Litigantes LGBTI de las Américas, la Red SIn Violencia LGBTI, Synergía – Iniciativas para los derechos humanos y Akahatá unen esfuerzos debido a la necesidad de contar con información sistematizada y comparable sobre la respuesta que los Estados de la región han dado a la violencia por prejuicio hacia personas LGBTI+, para lo cual se contratarán consultorías subregionales. El plazo de convocatoria va hasta el 22 de marzo de 2022. Pueden verse los términos de referencia en español, portugués e inglés

Synergía and PUICA host webinar on gender identity recognition in the CARICOM

The OAS Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas and Synergía hosted on February 24th a webinar on “Legal Recognition of Gender Identity and the Implementation of the Advisory Opinion 24/17 in the CARICOM countries,” with support of the Mission of Canada to the OAS. Speakers were Ambassador Hugh Adsett, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS; Rebeca Omaña Peñaloza, PUICA Coordinator; Commissioner Roberta Clarke, Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBTI persons of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Westmin James, Lecturer in Law at the University of West Indies; Veronica Álvarez Nuñez, OAS Consultant; and Alexus D’Marco, Executive Director

The Organization of American States and Synergía sign a Cooperation Agreement

The Organization of the American States, represented by the Secretary General Luis Almagro and Synergía, on behalf of the LGBTTTI and Sex Workers Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean before the OAS, represented by Synergía’s Executive Director Stefano Fabeni, signed a Cooperation Agreement on February 8th, 2022. The signature ceremony took place at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. at the presence of Ambassador Alejandra Solano Cabalceta, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica before the OAS, representing the OAS LGBTI Core Group, and Minister Fabrizio Petri, Special Envoy of Italy on the Human Rights of LGBTI people in the world.

Synergía hosts training activities for Portuguese and Spanish-speaking African human rights defenders

On December 9-11, Synergía hosted in Praia, Cape Verde a training on the African system of protection of human rights for human rights defenders from Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Principe. The 3-day activity, which constituted the second step to strengthen advocacy and participation of HRDs from the mentioned countries, focused on the African system of protection of human rights, its relationship with the African Union organs, its organs, mechanisms and instruments; it also provided participants with practical information and skills to effectively engage with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Human rights defenders

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

Webinar: Participation of African Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries within the African system of protection of human rights

Synergía and the Center for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria hosted on May 17th, 2021 the webinar “Participation of African Portuguese-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries within the African system of protection of human rights: the role of civil society – A conversation with Commissioner Maria Teresa Manuela.” Commissioner Maria Teresa Manuela (Angola), Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa, Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women and country Rapporteur for Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Principe highlighted the importance of a more robust participation of civil society from the six African

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

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