Civil society in Uruguay discusses how to influence the effective implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Racism


Washington D.C., November 29, 2021.

On November 24, the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality), held aseminar entitled: Effective implementation of the CIRDI: Tools for Civil Society’s Political Advocacy inUruguay. During the seminar, representatives from diverse population groups discussed with nationaland regional authorities the factors in favor of and against implementing the Inter-AmericanConvention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance (CIRDI), which Uruguay ratified in 2017.

The seminar was held at the Training Center of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). Among the participants were Noelia Maciel, activist and representative of the Afro-Uruguayan National Coordination, as well as her colleagues and indigenous civil society members.  Others in attendance included Javier Díaz of the Ethnic-Racial Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Claudia Barrientos, representing the OAS in Uruguay, and Elvia Duque, Race and Equality Latin America Program Officer. She presented the CIRDI campaign and its progress on overcoming inequality and discrimination in Latin America.

Claudia Barrientos, OAS Representative in Uruguay, emphasized the importance of CIRDI for thecountries of the region, indicating that “the elimination of racism is an imperative that cannot wait,”and that “CIRDI proposes an international protection body closer to the local context that respondsto the realities of the region."

Race and Equality will continue to work with its partners in Uruguay and promote the ratification and universal implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance (CIRDI) by 2024. This work continues to be done in conjunction with government agencies and civil society members, all cooperating to achieve a region free of racial discrimination. 

Photo: Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)

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