IHRLG trains and partners with indigenous, Afro-Caribbean and women's groups in integrating the language, techniques and procedures of international human rights law into their efforts to protect economic, social and cultural rights, combat racial discrimination and press for gender equity. We also provide training on how to use the human rights mechanisms of the Organization of the American States
and the United Nations.
We have also facilitated collective advocacy and networking at the regional and international levels through convening a fora on strategic human rights lawyering for legal practitioners from Central America and Mexico, and by inviting local human rights leaders to join IHRLG's annual delegations to the UN Commission on Human Rights (as part of our Advocacy Bridge program).
IHRLG's training and coalition-building activities in Nicaragua include
- Facilitating the creation of a Women's Advocacy Group in Bluefields to provide a space for more than 30 indigenous, Afro-Caribbean and Mestizo women (including nurses, lawyers, teachers, doctors, police and activists) to openly express themselves and develop strategies for documenting, reporting on and addressing issues of common concern. These concerns include domestic violence, women and children's access to health and education and protecting the rights of women in prison.
- Assisting in the development of the Bluefields Human Rights Commission, a group comprised of eleven, NGOs.
- Coordinating activities with NGOs regionally, nationally and internationally to support the indigenous and ethnic communities of Monkey Point, Rama Cay, Awas Tingni and Alamikamba.
- Facilitating NGO monitoring of the execution of demarcation and legal registration of land in the Atlantic Coast.