OAS and UNHCR Present Report on the Rights of Migrants and Refugees in Mexico and Central America
- Nov 8, 2018 - 6:35:55 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today presented the first
report of the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Report
(MIRPS), which aims to defend the rights of migrants and refugees who
live or cross the territories of Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala,
Honduras, Mexico and Panama, and announced the creation of the Joint
OAS-UNHCR Coordination Unit to analyze the progress of this initiative...
OAS General Secretariat and Honduras Hold Working Meeting
- Oct 18, 2018 - 10:39:23 PM
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, received on Wednesday, October 17 Luiz Antonio Marrey,
Spokesperson of the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and
Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), who delivered the fifth semi-annual
report of the Mission.
Moreover, the Secretary General, the
Spokesperson of the MACCIH-OAS and officials of the Secretariat for
Strengthening Democracy of the GS/OAS today held a working meeting with
various authorities of the Honduran Government...
OAS and ProFuturo Foundation to Bring Digital Education to 23,000 Students in the Caribbean
- Oct 17, 2018 - 9:53:40 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the ProFuturo Foundation
signed an agreement today to promote digital education in a hundred
schools in five member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica.
will be carried out through the Educational Portal of the Americas of
the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) and the
Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the OAS, and its
platform will reach 1,132 teachers and 23,026 students...
International and regional mechanisms on violence against women and women’s rights meet in Colorado
- Oct 15, 2018 - 8:20:42 AM
The President of 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), Sylvia Mesa, met with representatives of the platform of
international and regional mechanisms on violence against women and
women’s rights in Boulder, Colorado on October 2nd, 2018. In this
meeting, the experts updated each other on the major developments and
work since the launch of the platform in March 2018 in New York...
OAS Permanent Council Commemorated the "Encounter of Two Worlds"
- Oct 12, 2018 - 11:22:47 AM
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) met
today to commemorate the "Encounter of Two Worlds" and to highlight the
interpretations, impact and heritage of this historic date.
the meeting, the Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of
Ecuador to the OAS, Carlos Alberto Játiva, affirmed that the date of
October 12 "invites us to reflect on the meaning of interculturality
from the perspective of an America that recognizes the value of its
The OAS and the Community of Democracies Strengthen Ties of Collaboration for Democratic Sustainability
- Sep 28, 2018 - 7:04:59 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Community of
Democracies (CoD) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding that
establishes a concrete framework of collaboration for carrying out joint
initiatives for the promotion and strengthening of democracy. The
agreement seeks to contribute to the discussion on the role of global
and regional organizations in advancing democratic sustainability, as
well as the key elements that are recognized as instrumental for
building inclusive and sustainable democracies.
At the signing of
the agreement, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro highlighted the many
values shared by both institutions and affirmed that “today’s challenges
are many: from the rise of populism...
OAS and other Multilaterals will collaborate to support Lima's Summit of the Americas pact against corruption
- Sep 5, 2018 - 11:54:25 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the international
organizations of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) signed an
agreement today to harmonize their work and make available to the
countries their technical, political and financial resources to face the
problem of corruption.
The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis
Almagro, highlighted the agreement reached by the countries of the
region at the Summit of the Americas, which took place in Lima in April,
whose objective is to join efforts in the fight against corruption...
The MESECVI salutes and participates in the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the San Salvador Protocol
- Aug 22, 2018 - 2:22:59 AM
The Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI)
salutes the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Additional
Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the area of
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, better known as the San Salvador
Protocol. The international event was organized by the Working Group of
the Protocol of San Salvador (WGPSS), with the cooperation of the
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the
Department of Social Inclusion of the Organization of American States
New Permanent Representative of Brazil to the OAS Presented Credentials
- Aug 21, 2018 - 6:29:07 PM
The new Permanent Representative of Brazil to the Organization of
American States (OAS), Fernando Simas Magalhães, officially presented
today the credentials that accredit him as Ambassador to the hemispheric
During the ceremony at OAS headquarters in
Washington, D.C., Ambassador Simas said he would follow the same path
that his country has followed historically at the Organization. “Brazil
is a country that has had an ongoing commitment to the values,
principles and objectives of the OAS that are reflected in its
constitutive documents, and I mean to move ahead with this policy,” said
Venezuela: General Secretariat Urges Countries to Ignore Extradition Requests from the Dictatorship
- Aug 21, 2018 - 6:16:44 PM
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS)
calls on the competent authorities of the hemisphere to ignore all
attempted acts by the illegitimate supreme court of justice operating in
Caracas under the dictatorial regime, and in particular to dismiss
extradition requests made by this body as contrary to the law.
the only democratic institutions in Venezuela due to their
constitutional origin, their composition in accordance with
constitutional procedures and their functions are: the National Assembly
(a result of the elections of December 2015)...
OAS Electoral Observation Mission visits Brazil to learn about preparations for the Oct. 7 Elections
- Aug 21, 2018 - 12:11:00 PM
The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of
American States (EOM/OAS) to the October 7 general elections in Brazil,
the former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla, arrived today in
Brasilia to learn about the advances made in the organization of the
election. This is the first time that the OAS has observed an electoral
process in Brazil.
In the context of this preliminary visit, the
Chief of Mission will meet tomorrow with the President of Brazil Michel
Temer in Planalto Palace...
OAS Permanent Council celebrates First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples
- Aug 10, 2018 - 6:35:28 AM
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today
commemorated the First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples, with
the participation of representatives of the indigenous peoples of the
The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent
Representative of Costa Rica to the OAS, Rita Hernández, highlighted the
struggle of indigenous peoples for the recognition of their rights, and
the steps taken by the OAS in this area....
Statement of the OAS Secretary General on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
- Aug 9, 2018 - 8:35:22 PM
The indigenous population of the world is approximately 370 million
people, who live in more than 70 countries, according to estimates of
international organizations. Today is the International Day of the
World's Indigenous Peoples, but unfortunately many of them have little
to celebrate. Despite the fact they represent 5 percent of the world´s
population, indigenous peoples make up 15 percent of the poorest people
in the world and continue to be one of the most vulnerable groups....
OAS Approves Creation of a Working Group to Search for peaceful solutions to the situation in Nicaragua
- Aug 3, 2018 - 11:01:59 AM
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS)
approved the creation of a Working Group on Nicaragua "whose mandate
will be to contribute to the search for peaceful and sustainable
solutions to the evolving situation in Nicaragua, including through
consultations with the Government of Nicaragua."
Group for Nicaragua, created through a resolution, ”will be composed of a
representative of each regional group and other Member States” who will
be “designated by the Chair of the Permanent Council in consultation
with the coordinators of regional groups, no later than August 10"...
OAS Permanent Council Pays Tribute to the Liberator Simón Bolívar
- Jul 24, 2018 - 12:41:30 PM
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today
commemorated the birth of Simón Bolívar, one of the heroes of Latin
The Chair of the Permanent Council and
Ambassador of Costa Rica, Rita Hernández, highlighted the continued
validity of the thinking of the Liberator today. "235 years after his
birth, the work of Simon Bolívar transcends history, and his thought
continues to be a source of inspiration for new generations...
OAS condemns violence in Nicaragua calls on government to agree to electoral calendar
- Jul 19, 2018 - 9:59:47 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) today condemned the acts of
violence in Nicaragua, called on all parts to participate “actively and
in good faith” in the National Dialogue and urged the Government “to
support an electoral calendar,” in a resolution approved by the
Permanent Council with 21 votes in favor.
specifically condemns “the attacks on clergy, the harassment of Roman
Catholic bishops engaged in the National Dialogue process, the acts of
violence at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), the
headquarters of CARITAS, and other peaceful protesters.”
OAS to Support legislature of autonomous city of Buenos Aires
- Jul 14, 2018 - 10:47:23 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Legislature of the
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires today signed an agreement to modernize
and provide greater transparency in the management of the legislative
The First Vice President of the Legislature of Buenos
Aires, Francisco Quintana, highlighted the common values shared by the
Buenos Aires legislative body and the OAS, adding that the agreement
aims to "work on issues of innovation, transparency, accountability and
OAS and PADF to support social inclusion policies in destination Countries of Venezuelan migrants
- Jul 12, 2018 - 11:18:39 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American
Development Foundation (PADF) today agreed to support the governments of
countries receiving Venezuelan migrants. The main objective of the
agreement is to implement actions in areas related to the protection and
local integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, the development
of social inclusion policies, and the generation of economic
opportunities that facilitate their autonomy and allow them to
contribute to the communities that receive them.
At the signing
ceremony, the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, referred to the
magnitude of the exodus of Venezuelan citizens and the social and
political implications of the situation...
OAS Experts meet to advance drafting of Model Law on femicide/feminicide
- Jul 12, 2018 - 3:18:14 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) deployed six electoral
observation missions in five countries of the Americas in 2017, with 373
international experts and observers present at more than 2,000 polling
stations, according to the Annual Report of the OAS Department of
Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) presented this week. The
OAS Missions observed presidential, legislative, municipal, local and
parliamentary elections that affected the lives of more than 43 million
citizens of the Americas.