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The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

A 2015 recipient of National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds:

Strengthening the Capacity of Human Rights Defenders

International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights


To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of Cuban human rights defenders in the LGBT community.

The Institute's Cuba page:


RACE AND EQUALITY: THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT MUST GRANT POLITICAL PRISONER JOSÉ ROLANDO CASARES SOTO FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL LIBERTY  8/20/2020 Race & Equality: "On Wednesday, August 19, the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) confirmed that Cuban political prisoner José Rolando Casares Soto was released under conditional liberty via a phone call with Mr. Casares. As an organization dedicated to defending and promoting human rights, we celebrate the fact that Mr. Casares, an activist and member of the Cuban Youth Roundtable (Mesa de Diálogo de la Juventud Cubana) has been released from prison and can rejoin his family; however, we continue to insist that the Cuban government grant him unconditional liberty and rescind his convictions, as well as that of his wife Yamilka Abascal Sánchez."

'El racismo del Estado cubano ha censurado el debate sobre la discriminación racial', denuncia el CIR  2/28/2017 Diario de Cuba: "Educación no significa tener buen trabajo si uno es negro", explicó Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna en el panel "Interculturalidades en la Sociedad Cubana Contemporánea en tiempos de normalización. Raza, género y condición social", celebrado el pasado 24 de febrero en la Florida International University (FIU), según señaló el instituto Race and Equality en su página de Twitter." [The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a recipient of NED funds.]

NED's Cuba projects  9/27/2016 Along the Malecon: Provides 2015 budgeted amounts for Cuban dissident groups, including several focused on racial issues, the Cuban Soul Foundation ($85K), Plataforma de Integracion Cubana ($113K), and the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights ($26K). Other groups also participate in this theme.

Human Rights and Race in Cuba/Derechos Humanos y Raza en Cuba  6/9/2016 American University: "Speakers: Carlos Quesada, Executive Director, Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights/Director Ejecutivo, Instituto sobre Raza, Igualidad y Derechos Humanos, Washington, D.C. Laritza Diversent Cambara, Director, Cubalex/Directora, Cubalex, Habana, Cuba Judith Morrison , Senior Advisor, Social Development, Gender and Diversity Division, Inter-American Development Bank/Asesora Senior, Desarrollo Social, División de Genero y Diversidad, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, Washington, D.C. (Invited/Invitada)"

Cuban Human Rights Defenders Report on Rights Violations on the Island before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights  4/15/2016 Institute on Race & Equality: The Institue received $25,599 in 2015 from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). - "Commissioner Margaret Macaulay asked about repression against particularly vulnerable populations, specifically against Afro-descendants and LGBTI persons. In response to this question, petitioners cited the case of two LGBTI activists recently detained for reproducing trainings on the rights of the LGBTI community. Laritza Diversent added that “the level of violence in the repression of black women activists is brutal,” and that “Afro-descendancy is a determinant factor the cruelty of attacks” by State agents."

Americas Quarterly 2015 Social Inclusion Index Launch  9/8/2015 AS/COA: ""Speakers at the launch and public panel will include:* Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Susan Segal, president and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Mauricio Vivero, CEO, Seattle International Foundation; Judith Morrison, senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Division, Inter-American Development Bank; Elizabeth Zechmeister, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), Vanderbilt University; Carlos Quesada, executive director, International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights; and Alana Tummino, senior editor, Americas Quarterly, and director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)."

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