Americas

Financial crisis hits Americas’ official human rights watchdog

A severe financial crisis is forcing drastic staff cuts and reduction in operations at the human rights commission for North and South America, which was created by and is partially funded by the Organization of American States. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said in a press release: “The Commission deeply regrets having to … Continue reading

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770 LGBT killings and major assaults in the Americas

A press release issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on December 17, 2014 reported the pervasiveness of violence including murders and violent assaults against LGBT’s in the Americas.  This article is an edited version of that news release with added data and information from the OAS’ Registry of Violence on those nations … Continue reading

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Jamaica needs urgent action to save LGBT people’s lives

High-horse of urgency vs. callous indifference I met some remarkably resilient young Jamaican men on Sept. 10, 2013.  We were together at the latest anti-homophobia stand [protest] in Kingston entitled “Even in Private.” These brave front-line warriors in the Jamaican LGBT liberation struggle were all kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation, … Continue reading

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Two more gay men killed in Jamaica; panel seeks probe

An official human rights commission for North and South America has called on Jamaica to investigate the recent killings of two reportedly gay men and to punish those responsible. Jamaica has a reputation as an intensely homophobic nation, despite new Prime Minister  Portia Simpson-Miller’s position against discrimination on the basis of  sexual orientation. She has … Continue reading