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OAS Secretary General Participates in Forum on Advances in Women´s Rights in the Americas - Apr 11, 2015 - 8:31:07 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, participated today in the forum “Progress of Women in the Americas: A critical overview of Beijing +20 and perspectives for the post-2015 development agenda,” together with the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel Saint Malo, and the Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women, Luiza Carvalho.

In the inauguration of the event, co-organized by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS and UN Women, Secretary General Insulza highlighted the progress made in the legal and political frameworks regarding women’s´ rights in the Americas and the increase in their participation in labor markets...
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Trinidad and Tobago Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Apr 2, 2015 - 10:34:57 PM

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The Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the Organization of American States (OAS), Neil Parsan, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution, a position he will hold for the next three months and in which he follows the Ambassador of Suriname, Niermala Badrising.

Upon assuming office, Ambassador Parsan expressed the honor he felt at leading the Permanent Council and reiterated the "commitment of Trinidad and Tobago to the values and principles of the OAS," which he promised to defend during his term.

The diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago recalled that with the new mandate, the countries of the Caribbean countries will have held...
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OAS Elects New Leadership - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:23:07 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday, March 18, elected a new Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General during a Special General Assembly held at the main building of the OAS on 17th Street, N.W.

Representatives of the 34-member states of the organization elected former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro as the next Secretary-General during a morning session that continued well into the afternoon and later during the day, they elected His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Belize Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, as the next Assistant Secretary-General of the hemispheric institution...
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Gomez addresses OAS Committee - Mar 19, 2015 - 5:22:01 AM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Declaring that the Government of The Bahamas is currently working on an Anti-corruption Action Plan which will build on existing initiatives, Minster of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez told a committee of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday, March 17, that the Bahamas Government is aware that the “attainment of values such as morality, trust and ethics in Government involves the integrated effort of the entire society and its constituent elements and institutions – legislative, executive, political, judicial, religious, and civil – all engaging with each other to ensure transparency, accountability, and good governance...”
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OAS Member States Highlight the Importance of Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug Related Offenders - Mar 14, 2015 - 12:48:40 PM

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Paul Simons, this week moderated a debate held in Vienna, Austria, in the framework of the meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) of the United Nations, in which several member states of the OAS emphasized the importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenses.

During the meeting of high-level officials from Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, as well as several OAS observer countries, participants discussed the development and implementation of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenders. Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) of the United States; Roberto Campa...
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Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization, Niermala Badrising, informed the representatives of the situation and reported that the discussion on the new site will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Permanent Council...
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Democracies Must Guarantee the Full Exercise of the Political Rights of Women - Feb 26, 2015 - 12:55:15 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today inaugurated the Round Table “Political Violence against Women: a Hemispheric Challenge,” with a speech in which he recalled that democracies face the challenge of guaranteeing the full and effective political participation of women. “Today we are united by the effort to achieve the growth of democracy in the region in its deepest meaning: that of the real exercise of the rights and effective political participation of the women of our Hemisphere,” he said.

The leader of the hemispheric institution opened his address recalling the leadership positions exercised to this point by women in the region, their broad legislative participation and the progress made in parity laws. However, he warned that many countries have not reached 20% participation by women in their legislatures and that in others...
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Commission of Women of the OAS Debated Political Violence Against Women in the Hemisphere - Feb 25, 2015 - 11:14:41 PM

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The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today organized a Roundtable discussion titled "Political Violence Against Women: A Hemispheric Challenge," as part of the activities commemorating Women's Day of the Americas, held on February 18, and International Women's Day, on March 8.

The event was inaugurated by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza; the Minister of Women of Costa Rica and Chair of the Inter-American Commission of Women, Alejandra Mora; the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security (SMS), Adam Blackwell; and the Alternate Representative of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS, Brett Alexander Maitland. At the conclusion of the event, the Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen Moreno, described the...
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OAS Policy Roundtable Discussed the Regional Agenda to Promote Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Feb 24, 2015 - 9:27:29 PM
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The Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted its 65th Policy Roundtable entitled "Regional Agenda for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Look into the Future," with the aim of promoting a dialogue to analyze the implications of public policies, progress in implementing the Protocol of San Salvador, and its inclusion in the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said the Hemisphere must pool its efforts to reduce its social differences, and warned that inequality is a threat to democracy. "The debt of the region in terms of poverty, inequality and social exclusion, as well the citizen demand for social, economic and political equality, points to...
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Carmichael Road Detention Center Report by the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights‏ - Feb 20, 2015 - 5:21:23 PM

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The following is the report on the Carmichael Detention Center in Nassau, Bahamas by the Organization of the American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:

On December 30, 2014, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Inter-American Commission", "the Commission" or "IACHR") received a request for precautionary measures submitted by the Caribbean Institute for Human Rights, the International Human Rights Clinic of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (hereinafter "the applicants"), requesting that the Commission require the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
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OAS Expresses Condolences to Haiti over Accident at Carnival Festivities - Feb 18, 2015 - 4:36:59 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, expressed his deepest sympathies and solidarity to the Government and people of Haiti over the tragic and horrible accident that marred this morning’s carnival festivities. According to the Haitian authorities, at least 16 people were confirmed dead and 78 were injured.

In doing so, he was joined by Assistant Secretary General and President of the Group of Friends of Haiti, Albert Ramdin, who learned “with great sadness and distress" of this morning’s tragedy...
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OAS Group Notes Electoral Developments in Haiti - Feb 15, 2015 - 11:49:21 AM

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The Group of Friends of Haiti at the Organization of American States (OAS) met this week at the headquarters of the institution in Washington, DC under the Chairmanship of OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin.

During the meeting, Ambassador Ramdin, the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS, Bocchit Edmond, and representatives from other member states, observers, and international organizations discussed the status of democratic processes in Haiti including a report on the anticipated timeline for the new electoral calendar.
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Trust for the Americas of the OAS Launches “DIA” Initiative to Promote Innovation in Vulnerable Communities - Apr 13, 2015 - 11:16:47 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today signed a letter of intent to support the initiative “DIA – Democratizing Innovation in the Americas”- together with representatives of CAF, Microsoft, AES Corporation, and the Seattle International Foundation, in a ceremony that took place in the framework of the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.

The signing ceremony included the participation of the Executive President of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Enrique García; the Secretary for External Relations of the OAS, Alfonso Quiñonez; the Director for International Organizations for Microsoft Latin America, Pedro Julio Uribe; and the Executive Director of The Trust for the Americas, Linda Eddleman...
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OAS Welcomes the Birth of a New Era of Inter-American Relations - Apr 12, 2015 - 9:52:08 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed during the inauguration of the Seventh Summit of the Americas the new era of “dialogue, respect for freedom, inclusion and cooperation” that has begun with the meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Hemisphere taking place today and tomorrow in Panama,
a “historic moment” in which for the first time the 35 independent nations of the Hemisphere are represented.

“Sometimes, in real life, our simultaneous commitments toward respecting sovereign equality, full inclusion, and respect for democracy and human rights pose dilemmas that are difficult to resolve. But intervention, exclusion, political repression, and confrontation are no longer acceptable or useful in inter-American relations..."
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The Organization of American States on Pan American Day and Week - Apr 12, 2015 - 6:41:53 PM

On the occasion of Pan American Day, celebrated on April 14, and Pan American Week, from April 12-18, the Organization of American States (OAS) reiterates its strong political commitment to uniting our Americas to achieve peace, prosperity, justice and democracy.

That commitment to come together has just been demonstrated at our Summit of the Americas, held on April 10 and 11 in the center of our Hemisphere, in Panama. The Summit process not only brings together political leaders of our countries but our businesses, civil society groups and social actors in a spirit of sharing ideas, finding areas for cooperation and airing our differences through peaceful discourse...
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Seventh Summit of the Americas Concludes in Panama - Apr 12, 2015 - 12:40:32 PM

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The Seventh Summit of the Americas, the first in history that included representatives of the 35 independent countries of the Hemisphere, concluded today in Panama City, Panama following addresses by the 27 Heads of State and Government, five Foreign Ministers and three Permanent Representatives to the OAS.

The first plenary session included the presentation of the host, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, and the presence of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, included addresses by 14 Heads of State.
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OAS Commends Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs for Advancing Goals of the VII Summit of the Americas: “Prosperity with Equity” - Apr 12, 2015 - 12:37:06 PM

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Speaking to more than 400 youth participants and entrepreneurs, including 40 young Cubans participating for the first time, at the Opening of the IV Youth Forum of the Americas, the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin, recognized the high level of innovation, creativity, and leadership that young people brought to the Summit of the Americas.

Ambassador Ramdin applauded the talent and enthusiasm of the group of young entrepreneurs. “I believe your hard work, business ideas and proposals demonstrate your level of commitment to the future development of your countries,” he said...
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First Plenary Session of the Summit of the Americas Witnessed Historic Presence of Cuba - Apr 12, 2015 - 12:34:59 PM

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The first plenary meeting of the Seventh Summit of the Americas took place today in Panama City, Panama and included addresses from 13 Heads of State and Government, among them President Raúl Castro, the first speech by a Cuban President at the meeting that brings together the 35 independent nations of the Hemisphere.

Following the presentation of the host President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, and with Secretary General José Miguel Insulza of the Organization of American States (OAS) in attendance, the session featured presentations by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa; the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto...
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OAS Adopts Report on Protection of Personal Data to be Used by Countries in the Region as Model Law - Apr 8, 2015 - 3:31:22 PM

The Inter-American Juridical Committee (IAJC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) concluded its eighty-sixth regular session with the adoption of a report on "Protection of Personal Data" which proposes to member states a dozen annotated principles related to privacy and protection of personal data that can serve as a basis for formulating and adopting laws defending the right of individuals to privacy, reputation, and dignity.

The eleven members of the Committee, based in Rio de Janeiro, adopted by consensus the report “Personal of Data Protection” in response to a request made by the 44° OAS General Assembly, held in June 2014 in Asunción...
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“Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure in the Americas” - Apr 8, 2015 - 12:25:00 PM

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The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, and the information technology security company Trend Micro today presented the report “Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure in the Americas,” which gathers the views of governments and security professionals from key industries, such as communications, finance, manufacturing, energy and security, on cyber vulnerability in the region.

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the OAS, Neil Klopfenstein, called upon the political leaders of the region to remain vigilant to vulnerabilities that new technologies bring. “Governments of the Americas and worldwide must recognize the serious vulnerabilities inherent to critical infrastructure...
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