Lack of access to information is one of the greatest barriers to the effective promotion of human rights and the application of international human rights law in the Atlantic Coast. With an 86% illiteracy rate in the Atlantic Coast and the small number of available newspapers, radio continues to be the primary means of communication. The lack of a telecommunications infrastructure limits Internet and web-based email to the Southern Autonomous Atlantic Region.
IHRLG's information outreach efforts include
- Broadcasting a popular education radio program on human rights throughout the Southern Autonomous Region and most of the Northern Autonomous Region, in Miskito, English-Creole and Spanish. Topics have included:
- Violence against women and children (helping break the silence on domestic violence)
- Elimination of racial discrimination (focusing on ramifications of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism on racism in the Atlantic Coast)
- Territorial rights and mechanisms of protection of natural resources (advocating for the protection of communal land rights)
- Using IHRLG's illustrated manual on human rights and legal rights under Nicaraguan and international law in training workshops for local groups; and
- Operating the first-ever human rights resource centers in the region. Our Puerto Cabezas and Bluefields centers stock multi-lingual resources on human rights, women's and indigenous legal rights and NGO management and strategies and are regularly visited by judges, lawyers and law students to conduct research on legal procedures. Our Bluefields resource center also provides Internet access.