Haiti: OAS Secretary General Expresses Concern over Recent Failures of the National Assembly
- Jul 16, 2016 - 11:50:12 AM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today expressed his deep concern over the demonstrated
inability of Haitian parliamentarians to meet in the National Assembly
to decide on how best to guarantee institutional stability and encourage
the continuation of the electoral process.
“Given the importance
of the challenges and the serious risks to the country’s stability, it
is particularly troubling that the meeting of the National Assembly set
for yesterday, July 14, was cancelled, once again, due to a failure to
reach quorum,” he said...
Rhaming Assumes Chair of OAS Permanent Council
- Jul 1, 2016 - 4:31:07 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American
States (OAS) and Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations, assumed the
Chair of the OAS Permanent Council and the General Committee in a
ceremony held at the OAS headquarters at 17th Street & Constitution
Avenue, NW, on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Ambassador Rahming takes
over from His Excellency Juan José Arcuri, Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of Argentina to the OAS, who presented him with a gavel,
the symbol of his authority...
Bahamas elected Chair of Inter-American Committee on Education for 2016-2018L: Will host 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education
- May 2, 2016 - 12:38:41 PM
Washington, DC - The Minister of Education, Science and Technology of
The Bahamas, Hon Jerome Fitzgerald, was in Washington DC for a series of
education-related meetings from 27-28 April, 2016.
27th April, 2016, Minister Fitzgerald was a panelist in the First Round
Table on Education in the Americas at the OAS and he presented on the
topic: "Science and technology as catalysts for education and life
opportunities". During his statement he implored OAS Member States to
"advance the national development agenda of our respective countries
through the architect and construction of robust national science,
technology and innovation policies and systems...
OAS Peace Leaders Programme Held at The College at The Bahamas
- Mar 11, 2016 - 5:33:51 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas - On February 24th and 25th, leaders from different
institutions of the Bahamian community – the Ministries of Education,
Youth and Foreign Affairs, The College of The Bahamas (COB), and Young
Marine Explorers - came together for a workshop on Peace and Citizenship
Education delivered at The College of The Bahamas by facilitators of
the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment of the
Organization of American States (OAS).
Dr. Eslyn Jones,
Coordinator and Vice President of Student Affairs at The College of The
Bahamas, explained how the workshop attendees were invited...
CIM Reports on the Rights of Women living with HIV in the Americas
- Mar 2, 2016 - 12:30:07 AM
On Zero Discrimination Day, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS is pleased to launch a new report entitled "Human rights of women living with HIV in the Americas" developed by the CIM and UNAIDS, with the collaboration of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.
TheReport seeks to identify advances in and challenges to the
protection and exercise of the human rights of all ofthe diverse women
living with HIV, as well as to promote the development of regional and
national strategies for the promotion, protection and realization of
OAS Holds Black History Lecture in Washington
- Feb 27, 2016 - 11:15:39 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Organization of American States (OAS) hosted a
lecture on “The Afro-Diaspora in the Americas” as part of the
celebrations of Black History Month and the International Decade for
People of African Descent .on Thursday, February 25, in the Hall of the
Americas at the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue,
The Bahamas was one of the seven countries along with National
Geographic Magazine that were recognized as the primary sponsors of the
event, with Miss Tracee Dorestant, Second Secretary/Vice Consul and
Alternate Representative to the OAS, representing The Bahamas on the
Dr. Virgill-Rolle Engages the OAS on Competitiveness and Small Business Development
- Feb 27, 2016 - 4:04:22 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although in Washington DC primarily for
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) high-level discussions, Dr.
Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Director of Economic Development and Planning in
the Office of the Prime Minister, began her working visit to Washington
DC on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, with a briefing for Ambassador Dr.
Eugene Newry and diplomatic staff at the Embassy on the progress in
developing a National Development Plan, which was followed by a similar
briefing for Consul General Paulette Zonicle and Consular staff during a
luncheon meeting at Consular Annex.
Dr. Virgill-Rolle then engaged in discussions with Ms. Maryse Robert,
Director of Economic Development at the Organization of American States
(OAS), on the provision of technical assistance to support the creation
of a Competitiveness Council and a Small Business development Centre in
OAS Mission Highlights Good Practices in Jamaica’s General Parliamentary Elections
- Feb 26, 2016 - 1:27:18 PM
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS/EOM) to the February 25 General Parliamentary Elections in Jamaica
highlighted good practices and formulated recommendations to further
assist the country in its efforts to continue strengthening its
The OAS/EOM, headed by former Attorney General
and Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas, Janet G. Bostwick, was
composed of 23 international observers from 17 countries, who were
present in thirteen parishes across the country, and visited 367 polling
OAS Designates 4 Judges as Goodwill Ambassadors for Environmental Justice in the Americas
- Feb 13, 2016 - 9:44:35 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) today presented an initiative
to strengthen the role of the judiciary in the protection of the
environment, which included the designation of four representatives of
the Supreme Courts of the region as Goodwill Ambassadors for
Environmental Justice in the Americas.
The designated judges are: The President of the Supreme Court of Argentina, Ricardo Lorenzetti; The President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Chile, Sergio Muñoz; and The Minister of the Superior Court of Justice of Brazil, Antonio Benjamin...
Haiti: Agreement for Peaceful Transition of Government Accomplished
- Feb 6, 2016 - 1:20:26 PM
The Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Haiti which began on Sunday, January 31 is now completed.
two hours before the end of President Michel Martelly's term without an
elected President to succeed him, an agreement was reached for a
transitional government. Late on February 5th, President Martelly
officially signed the agreement with President Jocelerme Privert and
Vice-President Cholzer Chancy of the National Assembly...
OAS Special Mission to Arrive in Haiti on Sunday
- Jan 29, 2016 - 6:26:55 PM
The Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to
Haiti will arrive in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, headed by the Chair of
the OAS Permanent Council Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, Ronald
The Mission will also include Leonidas Rosa Bautista,
Permanent Representative to the OAS, former Foreign Minister and
Attorney General of Honduras; Sonia Johnny, former Permanent
Representative of Saint Lucia to the OAS; Gabriel Bidegain, Principal
Political Adviser to the Secretary General of the OAS; and Steven
Griner, Director of the Department of Democratic Sustainability and
Special Missions of the OAS...
OAS to Send Special Mission to Haiti to Assess Situation following Suspension of Elections
- Jan 28, 2016 - 1:09:29 AM
Organization of American States (OAS) will send a Special Mission to
assess the situation in Haiti in response to a request by Haitian
President Michel Martelly, according to an agreement reached today by
the Permanent Council of the institution.
The Chair of the
Council and Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, Ronald
Sanders, specified that the Mission will be sent by the Secretary
General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, and that its work will include
engaging in “a dialogue with all appropriate parties.”
New Year's Message from OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro
- Dec 31, 2015 - 2:45:44 PM
We know that we still have hard work ahead of us for this year 2016 that is about to start.
Our plans at the OAS are still part of a dynamic of construction,
but our efforts to facilitate the resolution of hemispheric challenges
will be undeterred.
Justice and ethics must be the rules that guide the coexistence
between countries and, within each country, they should be the basis for
the relationship between government and opposition...
Cuban Migrants: OAS Secretary General Highlights Transcendence of the Agreement
- Dec 29, 2015 - 8:41:38 PM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today highlighted the transcendence of the agreement reached by
the authorities of Mexico and Central America that has created hope for
the thousands of Cuban migrants in the region waiting for a solution to
their critical situation.
“The humanitarian situation of the
Cuban Migrants required a quick and integral solution, and this
agreement facilitates that. We have to congratulate the diplomatic
efforts made by the countries involved. They have taken a giant step
said Secretary General Luis Almagro
who has followed the process closely...
Committee of Experts expresses its concern for the journalistic approach to femicide cases
- Nov 21, 2015 - 12:34:37 PM
Washington D.C. – In the Framework of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which starts on
on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10th
, on the Human Rights Day, the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI
expresses its concern for the journalistic approach of some media
outlets to femicide cases, which promote the re-victimization of
murdered women, perpetuate sexist stereotypes and contribute to the
normalization of violence against women.
After a revision by the Committee of several media outlets, it has been
noted that femicide is commonly related to crimes of passion. In
multiple cases, the headline or focus of the news is concentrated on the
reasons that led...
OAS will observe the second round of presidential elections in Haiti in December
- Nov 7, 2015 - 4:56:34 PM
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS/EOM) in Haiti, headed by Brazil’s former Foreign Affairs and
Defense Minister Celso Amorim, takes note of the preliminary results for
the presidential elections announced yesterday by the Provisional
Electoral Council (CEP), which are consistent with what the OAS Mission
observed on October 25.
According to these results, none of the
candidates reached the benchmark of 50% +1 of the votes, nor a lead of
25% or more as required by Haiti’s Constitution and Electoral Decree to
win the presidency, and, thus a run-off election will be necessary...
OAS Secretary General Urges to Combat Violence against Journalists: “the Most Extreme Form of Censorship”
- Nov 2, 2015 - 11:09:46 AM
on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists,
the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, called for the protection of the life and rights of media
professionals and for the adoption of measures to prevent violence
against journalists, which he described as “the most extreme form of
“We raise our voice to remember the most extreme form of
censorship that exists, the elimination of the critical voices of those
who report to their communities on matters of public interest,” said Secretary General Almagro.
Declaration issued and Agreement made on Eliminating Violence and Political Harassment against women
- Oct 26, 2015 - 1:04:36 PM
In the framework of the VI Conference of States Party to the
Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication
of Violence against Women, (Belém do Pará Convention), Ministers for
Women's Affairs and experts in gender violence of the Follow-Up
Mechanism to the Belém Do Pará Convention (MESECVI) issued a
Declaration on Political Harassment and Violence Against Women on
October 18th, with the aim of advancing in the full recognition and
exercise of women's rights.
This Declaration addresses the need to eliminate violence and political
harassment to achieve the full realization of women's political rights
and to guarantee their equal access to all the public instances, in
conditions free of discrimination and violence at all levels and in all
arenas of political life...
Bahamas elected Chair of Capital Fund Committee for the Oas Scholarship and Training Programs
- Oct 15, 2015 - 12:06:28 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bahamas, represented by His Excellency Dr.
Elliston Rahming, Ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization
of American States (OAS), was elected Chair of the Committee of the
Capital Fund for the OAS Scholarship and Training Programs during a
meeting at the OAS on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
nomination was moved by Ecuador and seconded by the United States. The
Committee is tasked with managing, investing, mobilizing resources for
and identifying potential uses for the Capital Fund for the OAS
Scholarship and Training Programs...
Elections in Haiti: OAS Mission Urges Actors to Work Together
- Sep 27, 2015 - 2:28:30 AM
The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of
American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti, the former Foreign Minister and
Minister of Defense of Brazil Celso Amorim, today urged all actors in
the electoral process to work together ahead of the upcoming
presidential elections on October 25.
"These elections can be a
historic moment for Haiti," said Amorim, who this week visited the
country on a preliminary mission that concludes Saturday...