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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...
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OAS and ProFuturo Foundation to Bring Digital Education to 23,000 Students in the Caribbean - Oct 17, 2018 - 9:53:40 AM

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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.

The initiative 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...
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International and regional mechanisms on violence against women and women’s rights meet in Colorado - Oct 15, 2018 - 8:20:42 AM

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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...
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OAS Permanent Council Commemorated the "Encounter of Two Worlds" - Oct 12, 2018 - 11:22:47 AM


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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.

During 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 native peoples...
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The OAS and the Community of Democracies Strengthen Ties of Collaboration for Democratic Sustainability - Sep 28, 2018 - 7:04:59 PM

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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...
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The OAS will collaborate with the Superior Electoral Tribunal of the Dominican Republic to implement an election certification system - Sep 10, 2018 - 1:31:18 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of the Dominican Republic will collaborate to implement a quality management system under the ISO standards applied to the electoral process system, in order to provide greater transparency.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, indicated that countries of the region that choose to do a certification of their electoral standards have higher levels of trust in their systems...
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OAS and other Multilaterals will collaborate to support Lima's Summit of the Americas pact against corruption - Sep 5, 2018 - 11:54:25 AM

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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...
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The MESECVI salutes and participates in the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the San Salvador Protocol - Aug 22, 2018 - 2:22:59 AM

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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 (OAS)...
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New Permanent Representative of Brazil to the OAS Presented Credentials - Aug 21, 2018 - 6:29:07 PM

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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 institution.

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 the Ambassador...
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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.

Today 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)...
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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...
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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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