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Brazil to host global forum against racism and discrimination

Brazil to host global forum against racism and discrimination
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November 30 |

The city of São Paulo, Brazil, will host from Wednesday to December 1 the third edition of the Global Forum against Racism and Discrimination promoted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

During the meeting, participants will address the value of putting the fight against racism at the center of the realization, as well as the implementation of strategies for socioeconomic growth.

The Forum will bring together government officials, including ministers, politicians, practitioners, academics, members of civil society and the arts community to discuss effective strategies for addressing systemic racism.

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Unesco will launch a Network of National Authorities against Racism and Discrimination to implement the advancement of innovative and inclusive public policies and solutions aimed at peace, equality and non-discrimination.

The international body will report on proposals for new initiatives and address a range of issues, including the realization of inclusive public policies, the protection of gender equality and the empowerment of civil society.

It will also address the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, the strengthening of the role of cities, civic spaces and the artistic and academic communities.

The city of São Paulo is one of South America’s main financial, corporate and commercial centers.

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Belarusian opposition journalist Igor Lednik dies in prison

Belarusian journalist and political prisoner Igor Lednik died in prison in the Mogilev region, as reported today by the Social Democratic Party of the former Soviet republic.

Lednik, whose health had deteriorated since his arrest in April 2022 according to his lawyers, had been sentenced to three years in prison for slandering the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko.

The 64-year-old opposition figure had undergone digestive system surgery while serving his sentence in Penitentiary Number 15 and had been suffering from heart problems.

Initially, he was sentenced to just fifteen days of house arrest, but later he was sentenced to three years in prison for an article published in 2020 in which he attacked the honor and dignity of the head of state.

Lednik, whose Facebook was declared extremist, advocated for the dissolution of the Russia-Belarus Union and accused Lukashenko of turning the country into a dictatorship.

According to the human rights organization Viasna, Lednik is the fifth Belarusian political prisoner to die in custody since May 2022.

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, warned this week in an interview about the danger faced by political prisoners in Belarus following the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison.

“We have no information about Maria Kolesnikova, Viktor Babariko. We know nothing about Nikolai Statkevich. And it seems that we could find out the worst at any moment,” Alexievich told the newspaper ‘Nasha Niva.’

The author of “Voices from Chernobyl” and “War’s Unwomanly Face” recalled that the number of political prisoners in Belarus exceeds 2,000, and all of its leaders are also behind bars.

According to Alexievich, “dictators learn from each other, and Navalny’s death opened an abyss of permissiveness” for authoritarian leaders worldwide.

“Now anything can be expected,” she opined.

Meanwhile, Lukashenko warned today in a meeting with the top brass of the Belarusian army that the opposition in exile, along with “its sponsors from foreign intelligence services,” is preparing an action plan to overthrow the government in Minsk.

“The first point of this plan (…) is to prepare a coup d’état or a violent seizure of power directly in the midst of an electoral campaign,” he said.

However, he clarified that the opposition themselves “consider this unlikely” as they “do not see real prerequisites similar to those of 2020 to destabilize the situation,” when the country was rocked by massive protests following the results of the presidential elections, deemed fraudulent by the opposition and the international community.

According to Lukashenko, the opposition will still try to “take advantage of the electoral campaign (of the upcoming parliamentary elections) as a trial and initial stage to prepare for a coup d’état during the upcoming presidential elections in 2025.”

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New York’s asylum dilemma: families restart every 60 days

Sally, a 12-year-old, was in tears this Wednesday. The eviction from the hotel where her Colombian family spent the past year prevented her from bidding farewell to her Girl Scouts group in their New York shelter.

“Forced to leave at 11 in the morning, and the class was at 6 in the evening, and she couldn’t attend anymore,” explains her mother, Karol Hernández, to AFP. Together with her husband Sebastián Arango and their 1.5-year-old baby, loaded with suitcases, they had to start the process from scratch at the administrative center set up in the Roosevelt Hotel to request new accommodation.

Amid winter hardships, with nearly 2,000 people relocated from tents in Brooklyn due to heavy rains, New York City, overwhelmed by the migrant crisis, began implementing new rules limiting families’ stay in the same shelter to a maximum of 60 days.

After this period, asylum seekers have to start anew to find a spot in one of the 200+ centers in the city, competing with newcomers.

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“60 days is too short for someone arriving in the city because legal processes take much longer, for a work permit, to obtain Temporary Protected Status (TPS),” says 22-year-old Venezuelan Angelo Chirino, who arrived in November with his wife and one-year-old son.

Despite these challenges, more than 160,000 people, mostly Latinos, have arrived in the city in the almost two-year-long migrant crisis. Facing this growing influx, Mayor Eric Adams announced new restrictions on buses arriving with migrants and filed a lawsuit against bus companies for over $700 million in damages.

Like hundreds of families, 35-year-old Blanca, from Central America, had to leave the Row hotel on Wednesday, affecting her 14-year-old daughter’s schooling. Blanca has to start from scratch to secure new shelter, a process that can only be requested on the day of departure from the previous one.

“No one is helping me (with paperwork). I would have to pay (a lawyer), and how do I pay if I don’t have a job? With a job, I know I can get ahead with my daughters,” she says.

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Political leaders recall Fidel Castro’s legacy

Political leaders recall Fidel Castro's legacy
Radio Bayamo

August 14|

On August 13, on the occasion of the 97th birthday of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, the main figures of the Greater Antilles, as well as friendly countries remembered his legacy.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz – Canel Bermúdez, through his account on X, formerly called Twitter, said: “Cuba celebrates the 97th birthday of the most Martiano of its sons, of the historic leader of the Generation that fulfilled the dreams of the Apostle. It is a day to celebrate, without forgetting that every day is to give continuity to his work”.

For his part, the Prime Minister, Manuel Marreo Cruz, referred to the former president as “eternal young rebel” and stressed that “being faithful continuators of his legacy and his ideas is today the “best gift”.

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Likewise, the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, assured to remain on “the path of dignity, solidarity and social justice” that the leader bequeathed. “Fidel will guide with his ethics and morals our revolutionary diplomacy,” he stressed on the social network itself.

On the other hand, the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, affirmed remembering him “as a tireless rebel, intolerant of injustice and master of the impossible.” He added that “Fidel encourages us to continue fighting for the dignity of the peoples”.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Iván Gil, referred to the eternal Commander as “a soldier of ideas and a beacon of light” for all revolutionaries who walk the path of struggle “against imperial powers that continue attacking Our America”.

Fidel was one of the most outstanding statesmen, thinkers and revolutionaries of the 20th century. He led the war of liberation against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, under the protection of the U.S. government, in the 1950s, with the aim of generating the profound political, economic and social transformations that Cuba needed.

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