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Message from OAS Secretary General on World Refugee Day - Jun 20, 2019 - 1:42:25 PM

Today, World Refugee Day, is not a reason to celebrate for the more than 4 million Venezuelans who have fled from hunger, disease, and the persecution of the inhuman dictatorship of Maduro...
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OAS Secretary General Condemns Antisemitic Attack in Rosario, Argentina - Jun 11, 2019 - 1:20:21 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today condemned the attack against Rabbi Shlomo Tawil in Rosario, Argentina.

The Secretary General denounced the attack and expressed his solidarity with Tawil and his family. "From the OAS we strongly condemn antisemitism in any form," said Almagro...
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ViaSat and the OAS join efforts to reduce the digital divide in the Americas - Jun 4, 2019 - 4:56:40 PM

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The satellite services company ViaSat officially joined today the 2030 ICT Alliance, an initiative led by the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States. This alliance seeks to connect 1.5 billion people globally by 2020, connect all public schools to the internet to by 2030, promote digital training, develop talents for the digital economy, and strengthen democratic participation through new technologies.

During the signing of the agreement, the Vice President and General Manager of ViaSat Inc, Prakash Chitre, highlighted the company´s work in operating community Wi-Fi services “in thousands of previously unattended communities...
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OAS to Provide Training to University of Sao Paulo on Electoral Observation - Jun 3, 2019 - 10:50:21 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the University of Sao Paulo (USP) today signed a cooperation agreement to assist the study center in the development of tools and training for observing the upcoming electoral processes in Brazil.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, recalled that on May 15, the USP, in coordination with the OAS Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO), inaugurated the first National Electoral Observatory in Brazil...
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OAS to Advise Paraguay on Electoral Matters - Jun 1, 2019 - 7:30:32 AM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Superior Tribunal of Electoral Justice (TSJE) of Paraguay today signed an agreement for the provision of technical cooperation in electoral matters during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, explained that the agreement will allow the Organization to provide technical support to the TSJE in the reforms it is carrying out. "The OAS and the Tribunal have a long history of collaboration, both in terms of electoral observation and cooperation," said the Secretary General...
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Statement by the OAS Secretary General: Colombia and the Peace - May 24, 2019 - 7:30:06 PM

The Government of President Duque has done everything to maintain peace, to deepen peace with justice and at the same time eradicate plantations and fight drug trafficking. It has not been nor will it be an easy task. It is a proven fact that when the government assumed power in August, the cultivation of coca had reached record levels...
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OAS to Collaborate with ProFuturo on Interactive Education in Guyana and with Telefónica to Reduce the Digital Divide in Women and Rural Areas - May 24, 2019 - 3:05:56 PM

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The Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Telefónica, and Fundación ProFuturo today signed two agreements to promote digital inclusion and education in the region, as part of the commitments made in the framework of the TIC 2030 Alliance.

The agreement signed with ProFuturo is focused on digital education in Guyana, where 5,435 primary school students and 449 teachers in the country will have access to interactive content and materials to improve their learning experiences...
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Guatemala rejects threats of electoral boycott and notes lack of certainty in candidacies - May 20, 2019 - 6:15:24 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the general elections and those to the Central American Parliament in Guatemala categorically reject the threats of former military figures of a possible boycott of the June 16 vote. The elections are part of the democratic life of the country and cannot be used as a negotiating tool...
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MACCIH/OAS Presented Sixth Report of the Mission to the Permanent Council of the Organization - May 15, 2019 - 7:35:17 PM

The Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today presented to the Permanent Council of the institution the Sixth Quarterly Report on the Mission's management in Honduras, in compliance with the commitments acquired at the signing of the agreement between the OAS and the Government of Honduras...
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OAS Mission in Colombia highlights progress and challenges to the Peace Agenda - May 15, 2019 - 1:15:14 PM

The Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization of American States (MAPP/OAS) today presented its XXVI Report to the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body, coinciding with the commemoration of its 15 years of work in the territories most affected by the armed conflict in Colombia. The document is the result of 1,358 missions in 720 rural villages, carried out between August 7 and December 31, 2018...
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission congratulates the people and the electoral authorities of Panama on a successful election day - May 6, 2019 - 5:30:31 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the General Elections in Panama congratulates the people and the electoral authorities of Panama on a successful election day, which took place in an organized manner, in an atmosphere of civility and with a high participation...
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OAS to support Attorney General of the Dominican Republic to Implement New Penitentiary Model - Apr 26, 2019 - 10:41:12 AM

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The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic (PGR) today signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the PGR's capacity to promote citizen security.

Through agreement, the Department of Public Security (DPS) of the OAS will support the PGR through the exchange of experiences and the design and implementation of strategies to strengthen and consolidate the progress that the Dominican Republic has made in the modernization of its penitentiary system...
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Costa Rica Signs Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance at the OAS - Apr 25, 2019 - 5:40:01 PM

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Costa Rica signed, at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance. The Central American country joins Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay, as the fifth nation in the Americas to have signed all conventions related to human rights

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Manuel Ventura Robles, said that with the signing of this Convention Costa Rica fulfills "a debt we had with the Inter-American Human Rights System and we wanted to comply with it as soon as possible."...
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OAS and Latin American Federation of Banks to Cooperate on Cybersecurity - Apr 15, 2019 - 8:03:09 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American Federation of Banks (FELABAN) today signed a cooperation agreement for capacity development on cybersecurity in Latin America, at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington DC.

General Secretary of FELABAN Giorgio Trettenero said the agreement "will allow us to unite efforts in a topic of high impact and importance for the banking of the region such as cybersecurity". He also recalled that during a recent strategic planning meeting of FELABAN "Cybersecurity was the issue of highest priority and importance of the management agenda of the institution."
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OAS and Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information will work together in the Defense of Fundamental Rights - Apr 12, 2019 - 6:24:32 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information today signed an agreement to work together in the defense of fundamental rights such as free expression and access to information in the Hemisphere.

Mauricio Alarcón, member of the Executive Secretariat of the Alliance said the slogan of the OAS of “more rights for more people” should be taken on by civil society. “At the Regional Alliance we have been working hand in hand with the OAS promoting freedom of expression and related rights...
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Committee of Experts expresses concern over the statements of the Vice President of Guatemala - Apr 12, 2019 - 11:19:27 AM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women "Belém do Pará Convention" (MESECVI) expresses deep concern at the statements made by the Vice President of Guatemala, Jafeth Cabrera, who normalized, diminished and ignored the seriousness of violence against women during a speech at the Secretariat for the Executive Coordination of the Presidency...
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OAS and Colombia sign agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly in Medellín - Apr 11, 2019 - 12:36:24 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Colombia today signed the agreement to hold the 49th General Assembly on June 26- 28 in Medellín, under the theme: "Innovating to Strengthen Hemispheric Multilateralism."

At the signing of the agreement, the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Colombia, Adriana Mejía, said her country is ready to receive the Foreign Ministers of the Hemisphere to discuss common problems and challenges...
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New Ambassador of Venezuela Presents Credentials - Apr 10, 2019 - 3:32:05 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the Organization of American States (OAS), Gustavo Tarre, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the hemispheric institution, Luis Almagro.

Secretary General Almagro welcomed Ambassador Tarre, "with whom we will work to deepen the path to democratization, peace and justice for Venezuela." He also recalled that, at the meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on April 9, "the voices in favor of democracy in the hemisphere" voted for the resolution that accepted his appointment...
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Spain Contributed $2.5 Million to the OAS - Apr 8, 2019 - 2:50:50 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) today signed the agreement that makes the Spanish contribution of 2.2 million euros (about 2.5 million dollars) official, to finance projects executed by the OAS in the areas of human rights, legal development, crisis prevention and peace building and electoral systems.

The Senior Advisor of the Strategic Council for Organizational Development and Management for Results of the OAS, Luis Porto, highlighted the central role that Spain plays in supporting the Organization's initiatives...
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OAS signs agreement on privileges and immunities for Electoral Observation Mission in Panama - Apr 4, 2019 - 3:28:54 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the Permanent Representative of Panama, Salvador Sánchez, today signed the agreement on privileges and immunities for the Electoral Observation Mission to the May 5 general elections.

After signing the agreement, Ambassador Sanchez stressed that "for all the countries of the hemisphere, the visits of the OAS Electoral Observation Missions over the last 50 years have always been important...

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