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Message from OAS Secretary General on Venezuela - May 20, 2017 - 12:12:37 PM

Desmond Tutu once said "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

The boxer Archie Moore, referring to Muhammad Ali, also said, "He is a fighter who stands for something. He is a rights fighter also, like me. The man who stands neutral stands for nothing."

The beginning of this message is based on quotes from two people of African descent.
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission to The Bahamas Issues Preliminary Recommendations - May 12, 2017 - 11:57:51 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas congratulated the people of the Caribbean country on their continued commitment to democracy and on their determination to exercise their constitutional right to vote, as reflected in the high turnout rate in the General Elections of Wednesday, May 10. The Mission, led by OAS Ombudsman Ms. Sherry Tross, also extended congratulations to the new Government.

On Election Day, the EOM, comprised 11 observers of 8 nationalities, was present in 29 constituencies and visited 157 polling stations. The Mission´s preliminary report highlighted the steps taken to ensure that citizens living abroad could have the opportunity to exercise their franchise. This is unique in the region...
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OAS Electoral Observation Mission Begins Deployment in The Bahamas - May 4, 2017 - 6:41:19 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas, led by its Chief of Mission Sherry Tross, began its deployment today ahead of the May 10 general elections.

Tross, who is also the Ombudsperson of the Organization, arrived today in Nassau and will lead a team comprised of 11 experts from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, United States and Venezuela. This afternoon, the Chief of Mission and Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall signed the Electoral Procedures Agreement that establishes the conditions for the work of the Mission in The Bahamas...
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OAS to send Electoral Observer Mission to Bahamas - May 2, 2017 - 7:32:21 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will deploy an Electoral Observation Mission to the general elections in The Bahamas on May 10, 2017, according to the agreement signed on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 between OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and the Interim Representative of The Bahamas to the OAS, Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission at The Bahamas Embassy.

The Mission will be headed by the Ombudsperson of the Organization, Sherry Tross, and began its deployment on Wednesday...
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OAS Executive Secretariat With Recent Appointment - Apr 25, 2017 - 12:28:15 AM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) has fulfilled the wishes of OAS Member States to strengthen the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) Executive Secretariat by appointing Ambassador Adam Namm to the post of Executive Secretary of CICAD.

The appointment was made in December 2016. Ambassador Namm enjoyed a distinguished 30-year career at the U.S. State Department. CICAD was without an Executive Secretary for more than 18 months following the departure of Ambassador Paul Simons in May 2015.

His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary-General of the OAS, said the appointment is already paying dividends.
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OAS Sec. General Remarks at Pindling Bust Unveiling - Apr 21, 2017 - 8:08:07 PM


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Remarks by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez At The Unveiling Ceremony For A Memorial Bust of the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling in The Hall of Heroes at OAS Headquarters, on April 20, 2017 in Washington, DC:

It is an honor for me to address you this afternoon at today’s ceremony to unveil a bust dedicated to the late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling, Former Prime Minister and the Father of the Nation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. I am equally honored to be in the presence of his wife, Dame Marguerite Pindling and son, Mr. Obafemi Pindling – I welcome you both to the OAS, the House of the Americas...
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Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling Unveiled at OAS - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:23:08 PM

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I bring greetings from our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell. Both of them today have taken the first step, Nomination, in the process of free and fair elections, - the hallmark of democracy in The Bahamas.

The hero is someone who inspires people and effects change across racial, social and cultural barriers and across generations.

We Bahamians are most grateful that the Organization of American States has seen fit to recognize, as such a person, the Father of our Nation, our national hero, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling...
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Western Illinois University Confirms Partnership in the Lead-up to Launch of OAS – Bahamas Scholarship - Apr 13, 2017 - 1:02:29 PM

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In the lead-up to the April 18th launch of the OAS - Government of The Bahamas Scholarship, Ms. Kim Osborne, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, and Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois University, held a signing ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the OAS Administration Building in Washington, D.C., to concretize the agreement of Western Illinois University to partner with the OAS and The Bahamas to offer scholarship opportunities for Bahamians.

Representing The Bahamas, Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard thanked Western Illinois University for its willingness to partner and underscored that the trilateral cooperation the partnership demonstrated could be a model going forward for OAS Member States...
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OAS Secretary General Condemns Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - Apr 5, 2017 - 4:47:08 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, condemned the inhuman chemical weapons attack against the civilian population in Syria on Tuesday.

"I join the wave of international outrage that calls for an investigation to find those guilty of this criminal attack against civilization," said Almagro.
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"Celebrating The Black Experience in The Americas" - Mar 29, 2017 - 3:14:06 PM

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His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), made a strong case during an address at the OAS on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in support of his contention that there “is cause to celebrate the black experience in and contributions to the Americas.”

“And while we celebrate how far we have come from the vestiges of ancient slavery, let us use this decade to dismantle modern slavery in all its ugly forms: forced labor, human trafficking and gender bias,” Dr. Rahming said, adding that it is “only by so doing that we make a recognizable dent in closing our hemisphere’s black hole...
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Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy - Mar 28, 2017 - 7:25:59 PM

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The Committee of Experts of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), prepared a Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy in the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention, the regional reality of pregnancy among girls younger than 14 and its relation to sexual violence.

What is the purpose of the report?To bring visibility to the issue, provide a space for discussion, formulate recommendations to the States Party to the Convention and promote the right of all girls to live free from violence...

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OAS Assistant Secretary General Receives Award in Recognition of his Commitment to Organization’s Values - Mar 15, 2017 - 1:22:06 PM

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Nestor Mendez, today received the Medal of Honor for Merit presented by the Sociedad de Estudios Internacionales (SEI) of Panama, in recognition of his work to promote democracy, strengthening human rights, and fostering peace and security and integral development.

This high honor was presented to Ambassador Mendez during a ceremony in Panama City, Panama, within the framework of the First International Conference on Global Threats and their Regional Impact, organized by the SEI. During the same event, attended by diplomats, security experts and representatives from international and regional organizations...
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OAS Celebrates Black History Month and International Decade of People of African Descent - Feb 24, 2017 - 4:18:27 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) joined the celebration of "Black History Month and the International Decade for People of African Descent" with a celebration on "Afro-Inspired Culture in the Americas" on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

The event featured several specialists on the influence of African culture in the Americas, including Demont Hussey, from Jamaica, who spoke about the history of reggae music; James Lovell and Vincent Martinez of Belize, who played Afro-Garifuna jazz music; Von Martin, from Trinidad and Tobago, who spoke about the history of the Trinitarian drums; Dr. Miguel Vilar, from National Geographic's "Ancestral Discoveries" team...
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Education Ministers Approve Inter-American Education Agenda at OAS Meeting in Bahamas - Feb 12, 2017 - 4:54:10 PM

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Ministers of Education of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, today approved the Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA), the culmination of a two-year process of negotiations to define common priorities aimed at improving quality education in the region, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the United Nations in 2015.

The approval of the Inter-American Education Agenda is a milestone achievement in improving quality education in the Americas, as it codifies agreement on three concrete priorities: Quality, inclusive, and equitable education; Strengthening the teaching profession; and Comprehensive early childhood care...
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Bahamas and OAS Sign MOU for Small Business Development Center - Feb 10, 2017 - 1:05:25 PM

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The Bahamas is the beneficiary of a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed Thursday between The Bahamas and the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Hon. Michael Halkitis, the Bahamas’ Minister of State for Finance, and His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, signed the agreement during the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

In attendance was His Excellency Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Permanent Representative to the OAS...
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Bahamas & OAS sign MOU for scholarships & training - Feb 9, 2017 - 6:37:27 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide scholarships and training programs for Bahamian students.
 
The Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald and His Excellency Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General, signed the understanding, Thursday, February 9th during the official opening ceremony of the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education (9IAMME) at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island...
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OAS observes conclusion of the electoral cycle in Haiti - Jan 30, 2017 - 4:34:31 PM

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the legislative and local elections in Haiti this Sunday, January 29, commended the country on the organization of a very complex election, but expressed concern over low turnout, particularly in urban areas.

The OAS Mission, headed by Uruguayan Ambassador Juan Raúl Ferreira, observed elections for 570 local administration councils (CASEC), 568 local assemblies (ASEC) and 139 city delegates, as well as run-off votes for eight senate seats and one seat in the lower chamber. The Mission deployed 77 observers and specialists from 21 countries who visited a total of 285 voting centers in all 10 departments...
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Commonwealth of Dominica assumes Chairmanship of OAS Council for Integral Development (CIDI) - Jan 12, 2017 - 8:00:26 AM

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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 resources.

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...
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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 democratic strengthening.

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 results...
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Rahming joins in Tributes to Late Venezuela Envoy - Dec 2, 2016 - 11:24:26 AM

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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.

“On 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...
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