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.
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
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...
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...
Inter-American Task Force on Women's Empowerment and Leadership
- Jun 11, 2018 - 10:01:36 PM
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."...
48th OAS General Assembly Concludes
- Jun 6, 2018 - 11:00:50 AM
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.
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...
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...
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
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....
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.
according to an agreement between the General Secretariat of the
hemispheric institution and these two civil society organizations...
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
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.
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
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
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).
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...