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NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA

Photo courtesy of Haydee Marin, Coordinator of the ISHR Latin American Committee

The Latin American Committee of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) includes sections in Colombia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, with additional sections based in Cuba and in the United States. Our volunteer human rights defenders on the ground monitor and report on current human rights violations occurring in their countries and also carry out a wide range of projects. These include support for indigenous education and peace building in prisons, among others.
To learn more about specific issue areas and our work in the Americas, see the updates below.

UPDATES

Sick civil rights activist injected with an unknown substance

Dr. René Gomez Manzano, representative of ISHR Cuba, spent several days unconscious after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and injected with an unknown substance under the care of the Cuban regime. He lost consciousness and suffered communication issues. The ISHR demands full clarification of the events.

Nicaragua: opposition presidential candidate under house arrest

Cristiana Chamorro has been detained and held incommunicado at her home since June 3rd. She is the candidate for the opposition in the next presidential elections and has the best chance of winning the polls, removing Daniel Ortega from office after fourteen years of ruling.

Despite change of office in Cuba, the Castro clan continues to rule

President Miguel Díaz-Canel has been elected chairman of the Communist Party of Cuba. This officially ends an era on the Caribbean island in which the Castro brothers were at the head of the all-determining state party for six decades. The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), which is represented by a section in Cuba, points out that a "change" has only taken place externally.

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