Country Visits

Brazil – October 31 to November 5, 2016

Between October 31 and November 5, 2016, the Commissioner and Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI persons, Francisco Eguiguren Praeli, accompanied by the fellow who supports the work of the Rapporteurship, made a promotional visit to Brazil for Invitation of the Institute of Race, Equality and Human Rights, visiting the cities of Brasilia, Salvador de Bahia and Belo Horizonte. During this visit, the LGBTI Rights Rapporteur launched the report "Violence against LGBTI persons" in Portuguese in the three cities visited. In addition, during the visit, there were multiple meetings with both federal and state agencies that work with the rights of LGBTI people, as well as meetings and panels with civil society organizations to receive information on the issues that affect LGBT people in Brazil. Likewise, the fellow thato supports the work of the Rapporteurship gave a training workshop on the Inter-American Human Rights System to civil society activists in the city of Belo Horizonte, with a focus on LGBT rights.

Honduras – December 1-5, 2014

In the context of the onsite visit of the IACHR to Honduras conducted between in December 2014, the attorney who supports the work of the LGBTI Rappourtership joined the Chair and LGBTI Rapporteur, Tracy Robinson, during the visit, which allowed the LGBTI Rapporteurship to examine the human rights situation of LGBT persons in Honduras through the different meetings and a visit to a prison.

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Colombia - September 29 to October 3, 2014

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The Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Tracy Robinson, visited Colombia, from September 29 to October 3, 2014. In her capacity as Rapporteur for the Rights of Women and Rapporteur for the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex people (LGBTI), Commissioner Tracy Robinson visited the cities of Cali, Bogota and Cartagena. The first objective of the visit was to collect information about the challenges that women face in accessing information on violence and discrimination that will be included in a regional report being prepared by the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women. The second objective consisted on meeting with LGBTI human rights defenders and organizations, in order to seek information on the situation of human rights of these persons in Colombia. This information will be included in the regional report being prepared by the LGBTI Rapporteurship on the situation of violence against LGBTI persons.

The IACHR delegation formally requested meetings with state authorities in Cali, Bogota and Cartagena. However, the delegation was informed that, due to the transition in state authorities dealing with human rights, these meetings would not be possible. The delegation met with more than 50 women and civil society organizations. The IACHR delegation organized two events in Cali, one academic and one public, to disseminate the legal standards of the inter-American system on the rights of women and the issue of access to information.

Suriname - January 23-25, 2013

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights undertook a working visit to the Republic of Suriname between January 23-25, 2013 in order to examine the situation of the rights of women and indigenous peoples. The delegation was composed of Commissioner Dinah Shelton, Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Commissioner Tracy Robinson, First Vice-President and Rapporteur on the Rights of Women; and staff from the Executive Secretariat.

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During the visit, the delegation held meetings with the highest authorities of the Suriname state, and representatives from civil society organizations dedicated to the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples, women and LGBTI persons in the country. Several members of the delegation also traveled to the district of Brokopondo and the village of Brownsweg to visit a Maroon village composed of 8,000 persons. The delegation offered in a workshop attended by approximately fifty government officials on the Inter-American System of Human Rights and an academic event at the Anton de Kom University, with the participation of law professors and students.

Colombia - December 3 to 7, 2012

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) carried out an onsite visit to Colombia December 3 -7, 2012, in response to an invitation from the State, in order to observe the human rights situation in the country. The delegation was composed of the Chair, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez; the First Vice-Chair, Tracy Robinson; the Second Vice-Chair, Felipe González; and Commissioners Rosa María Ortiz and Rose-Marie Antoine, as well as Executive Secretary Emilio Álvarez Icaza L., Assistant Executive Secretary Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, and staff of the Executive Secretariat. During the visit, various IAHCR delegations visited Bogotá (D.C.), Quibdó (Chocó), Medellín (Antioquia), and Popayán (Cauca), where they met with authorities of the State, civil society organizations, victims of human rights violations, and representatives of international agencies.

El Presidente de la CIDH y el Presidente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Colombia firman un acuerdo de cooperación El pleno de la Comisión acompañado del Secretario Ejecutivo y la Secretaria Ejecutiva Adjunta, al inicio de la visita in loco a Colombia El Presidente de la CIDH, José de Jesús Orozco, responde preguntas de la prensa al finalizar una serie de reuniones en la Cancillería de Colombia
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Jamaica - December 1 to 5, 2008

The IACHR delegation that conducted an onsite visit to Jamaica in December 2008 was made up of the Chair of the Commission, Paolo Carozza; its First Vice-Chair, Luz Patricia Mejía; its Second Vice-Chair, Felipe González; Commissioner Sir Clare K. Roberts; the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission, Santiago A. Canton; the Assistant Executive Secretary, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed; attorneys Mario López-Garelli, Angelita Baeyens, and Ismene Zarifis; press director María Isabel Rivero; and assistants Gloria Hansen and Melanie Blackwell.

Una delegación de la CIDH visitó el Centro Correccional para Adultos de St. Catherine, a fin de examinar las condiciones de detención Una delegación de la CIDH visitó las celdas de las Comisarías de Spanish Town y de Hunts Bay, y el Centro Juvenil de Detención Preventiva de St. Andrew. Comisionado Clare K. Roberts, Presidente de la CIDH, Comisionado Paolo Carozza, y Ministra de Justicia de Jamaica, Dorothy Lightbourne, en reunión durante la visita Durante la visita, la CIDH tuvo una reunión con el Comisionado de la Policía, Contra Almirante Hardley Lewin
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  • During the visit, the Commission met with representatives of the government of Jamaica and members of civil society. The IACHR also organized a promotional activity in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice and Jamaicans for Justice, and signed an agreement with the Norman Manley Law School that seeks to deepen and strengthen institutional cooperation to promote awareness of the inter-American human rights system in the Caribbean. At the end of the visit, the Commission issued its preliminary observations.

    Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Jamaica (2012)
        - Chapter VII. Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (pp. 95 and ff.)