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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.
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Message from OAS Secretary General on International Day in support of victims of torture - Jun 26, 2018 - 6:45:47 PM

Three decades have passed since the international community has approved the judiciary principles for the protection against torture and other inhumane and degrading cruelties.

The American continent did so even before, in 1985, after emerging from one of its darkest, most violent and painful times in its history...
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission begins deployment in Mexico for July 1st elections - Jun 24, 2018 - 2:52:33 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) to the federal and local elections that will be held on July 1st in Mexico began its deployment in the country with the arrival of the team of experts, who today observe the simulation of the Preliminary Electoral Results Program (PREP).

Headed by former Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez , the Mission is comprised of more then 60 experts and observers of 23 countries who will carry out a substantive analysis of the electoral process in terms of electoral organization...
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Joint Statement from the OAS General Secretariat and the Government of Honduras on the MACCIH - Jun 19, 2018 - 10:00:06 AM

The Government of Honduras and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) have been working since March on the technical and professional elements needed to strengthen and improve the capacities of The Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH).

In that sense, and with the aim of strengthening support for the fight against corruption, the fight against impunity and the corresponding institutional parameters...
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OAS General Secretariat Rejects Political Persecution of María Corina Machado - Jun 14, 2018 - 3:15:37 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) expresses its deep concern over the recent threats to the leader of the Soy Venezuela party María Corina Machado.

In effect, the regime has tried to link her to a supposed action by 20 members of the military against regime figures...
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Inter-American Task Force on Women's Empowerment and Leadership - Jun 11, 2018 - 10:01:36 PM

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The second working meeting of the Inter-American Task Force on Women's Empowerment and Leadership was held on June 6th at OAS headquarters. This initiative was launched during the Eighth Summit of the Americas, held in April 2018 in Peru, with a view to contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the region, specifically Target 5.5: "Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life."...
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48th OAS General Assembly Concludes - Jun 6, 2018 - 11:00:50 AM

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With the approval of all the documents submitted for voting by the member states, the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) held on June 4 and 5 in Washington D.C. concluded today.

During the last plenary session of the meeting, a Declaration of Support to the People of Nicaragua and a Resolution on the Situation in Venezuela were approved. Elections were held in which Humberto Sierra Porto (Colombia) and Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor (Mexico) were re-elected and Ricardo Pérez Manrique (Uruguay) was elected as judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights...
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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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