Human Rights and Afro-Descendants in Costa Rica: status, contributions and challenges

When :

from Friday 23 August, 2019
to Saturday 24 August, 2019

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

UNESCO San José, San José, Costa Rica

Contact :

Astrid Hollander,

Through the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, on 23 August, UNESCO and the United Nations System in Costa Rica wish to recall the fundamental importance of the transmission of history to highlight the fight against all forms of oppression and racism that exist today.

In this context, the United Nations system in Costa Rica organizes the first conversation in the framework of the Month of Afro-descendence on "Human Rights and Afro-descendants in Costa Rica: status, contributions and challenges", with the special participation of writer and historian Quince Duncan.

The event will feature opening remarks of various authorities and specialists in afro-descendence; the screening of the documentary “Building Our Nation: The contribution of the Afro-Caribbean population in Costa Rica”; a conversation with Mr. Quince Duncan, Afro-Costa Rican writer and First Presidential Commissioner for Afro-Costa Rican Community Affairs; the presentation of the series of infographics "From Oblivion to Memory", a collection of graphic material that deal with the memory and contributions of people of African descent in Central America and finally the raising of the flag of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

This Forum will bring together actors from various fields and interested people and will allow to extend the deep dialogue on the inclusion of the culture, history and heritage of Afro-descendants in order to promote better knowledge and recognition of the history of Africa, slavery, and the contributions of Afro-descendants in Costa Rica and Central America.