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OAS Permanent Council celebrates First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples - Aug 10, 2018 - 6:35:28 AM

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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 entire region.

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....
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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....
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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."

The Working 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"...
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OAS Permanent Council Pays Tribute to the Liberator Simón Bolívar - Jul 24, 2018 - 12:41:30 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today commemorated the birth of Simón Bolívar, one of the heroes of Latin American independence.

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...
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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.

The resolution 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.”
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OAS to Support legislature of autonomous city of Buenos Aires - Jul 14, 2018 - 10:47:23 PM

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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 body.

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 political communication."...
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OAS and PADF to support social inclusion policies in destination Countries of Venezuelan migrants - Jul 12, 2018 - 11:18:39 PM

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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...
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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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