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OAS Statement on Venezuela - May 30, 2018 - 10:02:53 AM

The essential commitment that compels us in this effort is to keep the Hemisphere free of crimes against humanity, given the responsibilities arising from our legal instruments and declarations, and the binding mandate of our recent history.

The General Secretariat (GS) of the OAS is unable to ignore the reports and testimony presented for years by Venezuelans who have endured persecution by the regime...
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Panel of Independent International Experts Finds “Reasonable Grounds” for Crimes against Humanity Committed in Venezuela - May 29, 2018 - 2:29:27 PM

In their report presented today, a panel of independent international experts designated by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) found that reasonable grounds exist to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela dating back to at least February 12, 2014...
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Message from OAS Secretary General on Elections in Venezuela - May 21, 2018 - 7:58:09 PM

Yesterday was an infamous day for democracy in the Americas. Faced with the strength of democracy in the regional consciousness, the dictator Maduro tried – without success – to give a democratic veneer to his totalitarian regime.

And that is impossible. Totalitarianism and democracy cannot coexist. The elections of yesterday in Venezuela were an exercise without the minimum guarantees for the people....
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OAS to Sponsor the Latin American Prize for Investigative Journalism - May 16, 2018 - 10:49:47 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will sponsor the prestigious Latin American Journalism Research Award, organized by the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) and Transparency International (TI) since 2002.

This according to an agreement between the General Secretariat of the hemispheric institution and these two civil society organizations...
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El Salvador, sixth country to ratify the Inter-American Convention on the protection of the human rights of older persons - Apr 18, 2018 - 4:48:51 PM

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El Salvador today became the sixth country to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC.

The Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the OAS, Carlos Alberto Calles, highlighted the interest of his government in the social welfare of the elderly. "El Salvador is pleased to become a state party to the first binding instrument on the subject at the Inter-American and global levels...
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Reflections From The Panel: Regional And International Mechanisms for a Comprehensive Approach addressing Violence Against Women and Girls - Nov 21, 2017 - 9:28:04 AM

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In a joint effort between representatives of international organizations to respond to violence against women, the panel "Regional and International Mechanisms for the Comprehensive Approach to Violence against Women and Girls" was organized by the CIM as Technical Secretariat of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará  Convention (MESECVI). The event was held at the OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, as part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25th).

The event brought together Sylvia Mesa, Vice President of the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI (OAS); Dubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences of the UN...
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OAS Secretary General Condemns Attacks against National Assembly - Jul 5, 2017 - 9:12:19 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro strongly condemned today’s attack on the Venezuelan National Assembly, highlighting that attacks on democratic institutions are the very essence of a dictatorship.

"The unconstitutional and illegal actions against the National Assembly that took place this Wednesday directly serve the process of institutional weakening the country is suffering," he said...
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Democratic Governance against Corruption to be theme of Peru Summit of the Americas in 2018 - Jun 21, 2017 - 12:53:43 AM

The Eighth Summit of the Americas, which will be held in Lima, Peru, in April 2018, will have Democratic Governance against Corruption as its core theme, announced the Peruvian foreign minister, Ricardo Luna, at the forty-seventh regular session of the OAS General Assembly currently under way in Cancún, Mexico.

Luna made the announcement at the first ministerial meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG). The minister said that the preparations for the coming summit were an opportunity “to reflect on democratic governance and how it is impacted by corruption,” as well as “to evaluate concrete measures to combat impunity through regional cooperation...”
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Min. Henfield remarks at 47th Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly - Jun 20, 2017 - 8:10:15 AM

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Plenary Remarks of the Hon. Darren Henfield, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas “Strengthening Dialogue and Concerted Action for Prosperity” 47th Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly Tuesday, 20th June 2017:

Colleague Foreign Ministers...

Mr. President, while I would contend that The Bahamas is the most beautiful country on earth, it is indeed a pleasure to be a guest in Cancun, and to experience its renowned beauty and the warm hospitality of its people, despite the rains.

I want to express profound gratitude for the excellent arrangements and reception afforded my delegation this week by the Mexican Government and People....
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Official Photo of the 47th OAS Assembly - Jun 20, 2017 - 12:52:15 AM

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The Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is in attendance at the  47th OAS Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.

This is the official photo of those participating in the Assembly which runs from June 19 to 21.  

The three-day meeting will bring together the leaders from all 34 member governments in the Americas to discuss matters affecting the region.
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Minister Henfield delivers statement to OAS - Jun 1, 2017 - 4:15:53 PM

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The Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, returned to Nassau from an official visit to Washington, D.C., 30th May - 1st June 2017, where he participated in the Twenty-ninth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the Situation in Venezuela.

On arrival in Washington DC, 30 May, Minister Henfield met with diplomatic staff of the Embassy/Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Consular Annex, where he was briefed on the work of the respective offices and the portfolios of each officer.
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Message from OAS Secretary General on Venezuela - May 20, 2017 - 12:12:37 PM

Desmond Tutu once said "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

The boxer Archie Moore, referring to Muhammad Ali, also said, "He is a fighter who stands for something. He is a rights fighter also, like me. The man who stands neutral stands for nothing."

The beginning of this message is based on quotes from two people of African descent.
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission to The Bahamas Issues Preliminary Recommendations - May 12, 2017 - 11:57:51 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas congratulated the people of the Caribbean country on their continued commitment to democracy and on their determination to exercise their constitutional right to vote, as reflected in the high turnout rate in the General Elections of Wednesday, May 10. The Mission, led by OAS Ombudsman Ms. Sherry Tross, also extended congratulations to the new Government.

On Election Day, the EOM, comprised 11 observers of 8 nationalities, was present in 29 constituencies and visited 157 polling stations. The Mission´s preliminary report highlighted the steps taken to ensure that citizens living abroad could have the opportunity to exercise their franchise. This is unique in the region...
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission Begins Deployment in The Bahamas - May 4, 2017 - 6:41:19 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas, led by its Chief of Mission Sherry Tross, began its deployment today ahead of the May 10 general elections.

Tross, who is also the Ombudsperson of the Organization, arrived today in Nassau and will lead a team comprised of 11 experts from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, United States and Venezuela. This afternoon, the Chief of Mission and Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall signed the Electoral Procedures Agreement that establishes the conditions for the work of the Mission in The Bahamas...
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OAS to send Electoral Observer Mission to Bahamas - May 2, 2017 - 7:32:21 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will deploy an Electoral Observation Mission to the general elections in The Bahamas on May 10, 2017, according to the agreement signed on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 between OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and the Interim Representative of The Bahamas to the OAS, Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission at The Bahamas Embassy.

The Mission will be headed by the Ombudsperson of the Organization, Sherry Tross, and began its deployment on Wednesday...
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OAS Executive Secretariat With Recent Appointment - Apr 25, 2017 - 12:28:15 AM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) has fulfilled the wishes of OAS Member States to strengthen the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) Executive Secretariat by appointing Ambassador Adam Namm to the post of Executive Secretary of CICAD.

The appointment was made in December 2016. Ambassador Namm enjoyed a distinguished 30-year career at the U.S. State Department. CICAD was without an Executive Secretary for more than 18 months following the departure of Ambassador Paul Simons in May 2015.

His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary-General of the OAS, said the appointment is already paying dividends.
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OAS Sec. General Remarks at Pindling Bust Unveiling - Apr 21, 2017 - 8:08:07 PM


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Remarks by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez At The Unveiling Ceremony For A Memorial Bust of the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling in The Hall of Heroes at OAS Headquarters, on April 20, 2017 in Washington, DC:

It is an honor for me to address you this afternoon at today’s ceremony to unveil a bust dedicated to the late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling, Former Prime Minister and the Father of the Nation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. I am equally honored to be in the presence of his wife, Dame Marguerite Pindling and son, Mr. Obafemi Pindling – I welcome you both to the OAS, the House of the Americas...
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Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling Unveiled at OAS - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:23:08 PM

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I bring greetings from our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell. Both of them today have taken the first step, Nomination, in the process of free and fair elections, - the hallmark of democracy in The Bahamas.

The hero is someone who inspires people and effects change across racial, social and cultural barriers and across generations.

We Bahamians are most grateful that the Organization of American States has seen fit to recognize, as such a person, the Father of our Nation, our national hero, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling...
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Western Illinois University Confirms Partnership in the Lead-up to Launch of OAS – Bahamas Scholarship - Apr 13, 2017 - 1:02:29 PM

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In the lead-up to the April 18th launch of the OAS - Government of The Bahamas Scholarship, Ms. Kim Osborne, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, and Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois University, held a signing ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the OAS Administration Building in Washington, D.C., to concretize the agreement of Western Illinois University to partner with the OAS and The Bahamas to offer scholarship opportunities for Bahamians.

Representing The Bahamas, Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard thanked Western Illinois University for its willingness to partner and underscored that the trilateral cooperation the partnership demonstrated could be a model going forward for OAS Member States...
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OAS Secretary General Condemns Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - Apr 5, 2017 - 4:47:08 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, condemned the inhuman chemical weapons attack against the civilian population in Syria on Tuesday.

"I join the wave of international outrage that calls for an investigation to find those guilty of this criminal attack against civilization," said Almagro.

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