OAS Electoral Observation Mission in the United States Presented Report to the Permanent Council
- Jan 17, 2017 - 5:20:31 PM
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS) to the recent general elections in the United States today
presented its final report
to the Permanent Council.
Chief of Mission and former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla,
said in her presentation that "the strength of U.S. democracy goes
beyond the particularities of an electoral process. It is based on its
strong institutions, freedom of expression and press, balance of power,
the rule of law and the principles on which the country was founded...”
Commonwealth of Dominica assumes Chairmanship of OAS Council for Integral Development (CIDI)
- Jan 12, 2017 - 8:00:26 AM
The Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the
Organization of American States, Ambassador Dr. Vince Henderson, assumed
the Chairmanship of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development
(CIDI) on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The ceremony took place at the
OAS headquarters. Ambassador Henderson thanked the exiting Chair,
Ambassador Rogelio Sotela, from Costa Rica, and pledged to continue
working to take advantage of the forum for meaningful discussion of the
development agenda and how SEDI can better focus its efforts for greater
impact while keeping in mind its comparative advantages and available
The appointment of Mrs. Kim Osborne, a national of the
Commonwealth of Dominica, as Executive Secretary for Integral
Development, was confirmed today by acclamation by OAS Member States
during the regular CIDI meeting...
OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Haiti Congratulates Haitian People and Electoral Authorities on Conclusion of Presidential Electoral Process
- Jan 4, 2017 - 1:29:49 PM
The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(EOM/OAS) in Haiti welcomes the announcement of the final results of
the presidential election held on November 20, 2016. The EOM commends
the conclusion of an electoral process that, despite having been long
and complex, has allowed the country to continue down the path of
The verification process of 12% of the
returns, ordered by the Electoral Disputes Tribunal at the request of
different political actors, concluded that the returns analyzed did not
show irregularities that could have affected the electoral process. The
use of established legal processes to clarify questions about the
Rahming joins in Tributes to Late Venezuela Envoy
- Dec 2, 2016 - 11:24:26 AM
Washington, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas
Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative to the
Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to
the late Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela’s Permanent
Representative to the OAS during a special meeting of the OAS Permanent
Council in the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street
and Constitution Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
behalf of the government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
I express profound condolences to the government and people of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the passing of H.E. Ambassador
Bernardo Alvarez,” Dr. Rahming said...
OAS donates $25,000 towards Bahamas hurricane recovery
- Dec 1, 2016 - 6:37:44 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has made a
contribution of $25,000 to The Bahamas to
assist with recovery efforts from the massive damages caused by Hurricane
Matthew early in October.
His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations
and Permanent Representative to the OAS, was presented with a cheque by OAS Assistant
Secretary General Nestor Mendez on
Thursday, December 1, 2016
, in the Assistant
Secretary General’s office at OAS main building at 17th Street and Constitution
Uruguay first to ratify Inter-American Convention on Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons
- Nov 22, 2016 - 8:52:04 PM
Uruguay became the first member state of the Organization of American
States (OAS) to deposit the instrument of ratification of the
Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of Older
The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús,
recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in
September. “Uruguay believes the region has taken a fundamental step,
because it is the first legally binding Convention related to the
protection of the human rights of older persons,” said the Uruguayan
OAS Electoral Mission in Haiti Completes Deployment Ahead of Sunday´s Elections
- Nov 18, 2016 - 12:23:48 AM
Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission
(OAS/EOM) in Haiti completed today its deployment across the country. A
team of 130 experts and observers of 24 nationalities, headed by former
Uruguayan senator Juan Raúl Ferreira, will be observing
election in all ten departments of Haiti.
Mission includes a number of specialists that are analyzing in depth
key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization
and technology, electoral registration, electoral justice and the
participation of women. On Election Day the OAS will observe the process
from the opening of the polls to the counting of the votes. A team will
remain in the country until the tabulation process has concluded...
OAS Secretary General Congratulates Colombia on a Decisive Step toward an Inclusive Peace Agreement
- Nov 14, 2016 - 8:37:52 AM
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today congratulated Colombia for taking a decisive step toward
an inclusive peace agreement, convinced that a broad and participatory
dialogue is the way to build a sustainable peace.
welcomed "the willingness and the efforts of the Government of President
Santos, the promoters of the 'No,' the FARC-EP and the different
sectors of society that, through long days, managed to overcome the
complexities, debated the different proposals of the 'No' backers, and
found points of consensus, strengthening the initial peace agreement..."
Bahamas Chairs CICAD 60th Regular Session
- Nov 10, 2016 - 3:24:39 PM
Washington D.C. - The 60th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug
Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States
(OAS), was held from 2nd to 4th November, 2016, at the Atlantis Resort
on Paradise Island.
The Session brought together Commissioners,
Ambassadors and other high-ranking officials of OAS Member States,
including representatives from civil society, to discuss the world drug
problem. Bringing remarks at the inauguration ceremony were Carmen
Masias Claux, Executive President of the National Commission for
Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA) of Peru; Mr. Luis Almagro...
OAS Secretary General Urges Government Partnerships in Drug Trafficking Fight
- Nov 4, 2016 - 3:50:33 PM
PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas – Significant interventions must be taken
in order to curb or eliminate drug trafficking in the region. This,
according to Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS) Luis Almagro, will be the best course of action. Mr. Almagro said
that drug trafficking and the associated actions that support the trade
are a ‘threat to democracy.’
He was speaking at the Inauguration
Ceremony of the 60th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse
Control Commission (CICAD) at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 2-4,
PM Christie Welcomes OAS' CICAD to The Bahamas for Important Sessions
- Nov 4, 2016 - 1:48:34 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie congratulated the Organization of American States
and, more specifically, its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
(CICAD), on November 2, 2016, for the decision to spend its "30th
birthday" in The Bahamas.
"Over the last three decades, your
hemispheric objective for the goal of a drug free world and your
endeavours to assist member states in addressing drug use and abuse in
the hemisphere has been meaningful, full and impactful," Prime Minister
Christie said during the Inauguration Ceremony for the 60th Regular
Session of CICAD, at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island...
Peace Process in Colombia: Statement from the OAS Secretary General
- Oct 10, 2016 - 11:34:20 AM
We have supported the peace process promoted by President Juan Manuel
Santos from the beginning and we are deeply committed to the desire of
the Colombian people to live in peace.
The recent majority
decision by the voters not to support the Peace Agreements of Havana
between the government and the FARC, in a plebiscite which included the
electoral observation of the OAS, opens the doors to a peace process
anchored in a great national dialogue.
The result of the referendum, being the voice of the people, must be respected by the participants in the ongoing dialogue...
OAS holds meeting on Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 7, 2016 - 6:19:03 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Hurricane Matthew continued its
destructive rampage along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, after inflicting tremendous
damage in The Bahamas throughout Thursday and Friday morning, the Organization
of American States (OAS) Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee convened a
second meeting at the OAS on Friday, October 7, 2016, to address the situation in the affected
nations of the Caribbean.
Representatives of Member States affected by
Hurricane Matthew, including The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Haiti,
were invited to the meeting that was also attended by representatives of the
OAS, PAHO/WHO, Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) and the Pan American
MAPP/OAS Urges Colombians to Continue the Search for Peace
- Oct 6, 2016 - 10:23:18 AM
Following the results of the plebescite
the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the
Organization of American States (MAPP/OAS) welcomes the willingness of
the Colombian government, the FARC-EP, and the campaigners for the “No”
vote to open a frank dialogue to continue moving forward in
In particular, the MAPP/OAS highlights the
series of meetings President Juan Manuel Santos has begun with several
sectors in the country, including meetings held with former Presidents
Andres Pastrana and Alvaro Uribe, which give continuity to this effort...
OAS Secretary General Calls on Member States to Strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System
- Oct 3, 2016 - 1:19:32 PM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today expressed his support for a proposal to double the budget
of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
The Secretary General welcomed the September 30 communiqué
from the Commission announcing that it had overcome the immediate and
severe financial crisis which threatened to limit its capacity to comply
with basic duties in 2016. At the same time, the Secretary General
remains focused on the need to place both the Commission and the Court
of Human Rights on a sound, long-term financial...
Hon. Fred Mitchell makes Special Presentation at OAS
- Sep 14, 2016 - 4:54:27 PM
Washington, D.C - Following is the full text of a special presentation
by the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration, during the Permanent Council of the Organization of
American States (OAS) Conversation on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in
the Ruben Dario Room of the OAS General Secretariat Building, 1889
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
am delighted to join you here at this Conversation. I commend you Mr.
President for organizing this dialogue which is taking place at a timely
juncture – it is opportune as it has now been almost one year since the
global Agreement on the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda...
Joint Statement of the General Secretariat of the OAS and the Carter Center
- Sep 2, 2016 - 9:39:43 AM
afternoon former President Jimmy Carter and OAS Secretary General Luis
Almagro met in Plains, Georgia, to exchange ideas on matters relating to
democracy and human rights in the region.
In the course of the
meeting, they discussed possibilities of cooperation and agreed on some
of the principal challenges facing the Hemisphere:
- September first protest – We congratulate the peaceful protest
carried out by the Venezuelan people today in Caracas, which confirms
their will to reach a democratic resolution with a recall referendum...
OAS and PAHO to Cooperate on Implementation of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
- Aug 19, 2016 - 12:51:00 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) today signed a declaration of cooperation to support
the countries of the Americas in achieving the 2030 Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
The declaration signed by OAS Secretary
General Luis Almagro and PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne establishes
joint activities primarily focused on equity, social inclusion, and
social determinants of health in the region, areas in which both
organizations have high interest.
Ambassador Highlights Historical Significance of Emancipation Day
- Aug 15, 2016 - 3:15:13 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Speaking at the regular meeting of the Organization
of American States (OAS) Permanent Council held on Thursday, August 11,
2016, His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United
States, used the occasion to highlight the historical significance of
Emancipation Day, which was celebrated in The Bahamas on August 1.
think it is only right to celebrate, ponder and mark the 178th
anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire,” Dr.
Newry said. “In effect, 178 years ago, on Monday 1st August, 1838, one
of the greatest holocausts, human tragedies and era of human trafficking
came officially, if not in practice, to an end throughout the British
empire, including Canada...”
Permanent Council of OAS urges action in Haiti to guarantee Elections on October 9
- Aug 14, 2016 - 12:08:19 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Permanent Council of the Organization of American
States (OAS) on Thursday, August 11, 2016, called on all Haitian
political and social actors to fully “assume their responsibilities and
take all necessary measures to conclude the electoral process by holding
free, fair and transparent elections on October 9.”
In a Declaration adopted unanimously during its regular meeting in the
Simon Bolivar Hall at the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and
Constitution Avenue, N.W., the Council called on “appropriate Haitian
authorities to take the decisions on provisional governance, in
accordance with Article 7 of the February 5th 2016 Accord, so as to
promote the holding of general elections at the established dates....