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Antigua-Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis join OAS initiative on small business development centres

July 24, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis join OAS initiative on small business development centres WASHINGTON, USA -- The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Organization of Americans States (OAS) for the implementation of a project for the development of the Small Business Development Centre...

Fears of Venezuelan migration crisis in Trinidad

July 13, 2017
Fears of Venezuelan migration crisis in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the face of growing political unrest in Venezuela, a large number of Venezuelan immigrants living in Trinidad are concerned that the continued violence may spill-over into Trinidad and result in an immigration crisis. Approximately 15,000 Venezuelans are residing there and...

Government paramilitaries attack Venezuela national assembly

July 7, 2017
Government paramilitaries attack Venezuela national assembly CARACAS, Venezuela -- During a special meeting held on Wednesday by Venezuela’s National Assembly to celebrate the 206th anniversary of the country's declaration of independence, groups of government paramilitaries, known as colectivos, armed with sticks and pipes, some brandishing knives...

Commentary: Caribbean rights in the OAS: Not negotiable

June 30, 2017
Commentary: Caribbean rights in the OAS: Not negotiable Amid the finger-pointing and blaming over votes at the Organisation of American States (OAS) on matters related to Venezuela, the fundamental problems of the Organisation have been overlooked. Sadly, and wrongly, media commentators and armchair experts have chosen to target “Caribbean...

OAS adopts resolution on protecting journalists

June 29, 2017
OAS adopts resolution on protecting journalists CANCÚN, Mexico (RSF) -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has adopted a resolution on increasing protection for journalists and combating impunity for crimes against them. It is the first time that the OAS has passed a resolution on this crucial issue. The resolution was adopted by the OAS...

ECADE welcomes new IACHR commissioners, notes Caribbean states reservations on human rights

June 26, 2017
ECADE welcomes new IACHR commissioners, notes Caribbean states reservations on human rights CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On the heels of the 47th general assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) has welcomed several positive decisions coming out of the meeting. ECADE noted however, reservations expressed...

Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit

June 23, 2017
Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit CANCUN, Mexico -- The unity displayed earlier by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the May 31 ‘meeting of consultation of ministers of foreign affairs’ of the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington to discuss the situation in Venezuela, suffered a public collapse...

Democratic governance against corruption to be theme of Peru Summit of the Americas in 2018

June 22, 2017
Democratic governance against corruption to be theme of Peru Summit of the Americas in 2018 CANCÚN, Mexico -- The Eighth Summit of the Americas, which will be held in Lima, Peru, in April 2018, will have Democratic Governance against Corruption as its core theme, announced the Peruvian foreign minister, Ricardo Luna, at the 47th regular session of the OAS General Assembly currently under...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: A bumpy road to Cancun!

June 13, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: A bumpy road to Cancun! No Caribbean ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) put a middle finger up when it came to voting at the controversial May 31, 2017, Washington meeting of its members’ foreign affairs ministers, hastily summoned by the US and a few allies to discuss ‘The Situation in...

Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS

June 2, 2017
Rare CARICOM unity defeats anti-Venezuela declaration at OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- In a rare display of regional unity, the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARCOM) effectively blocked the adoption of a declaration by the Organisation of American States (OAS) criticising the Venezuelan government. Representatives of 33 out of the...

Commentary: OAS compromised by its secretary-general

May 19, 2017
Commentary: OAS compromised by its secretary-general The Organisation of American States (OAS) has lost credibility as a multilateral institution capable of contributing to a resolution of the growing conflict in Venezuela.   There are two reasons for this.  The primary one is the hostile behaviour toward the Venezuelan government by the secretary-general.

OAS general assembly to be held in Cancun, Mexico

May 13, 2017
OAS general assembly to be held in Cancun, Mexico WASHINGTON, USA -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday agreed to change the venue of the next general assembly of the organization to the city of Cancun, in Mexico. The dates will stay the same: June 19 to 21. The proposal, presented by...

OAS electoral observation mission to The Bahamas issues preliminary recommendations

May 12, 2017
OAS electoral observation mission to The Bahamas issues preliminary recommendations NASSAU, Bahamas -- 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.

OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy

May 12, 2017
OAS to support Dominican Republic in developing national cyber security policy WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will support the Dominican Republic in the development of its national cyber security policy, according to an agreement signed on Wednesday between the hemispheric institution and the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications.

Antigua-Barbuda ambassador warns OAS against 'politics of exclusion'

May 11, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda ambassador warns OAS against 'politics of exclusion' WASHINGTON, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, on Wednesday sounded a warning to OAS member countries against “the politics of exclusion” and meetings, headed by powerful nations, which then seek to impose...

CARICOM to send electoral mission to The Bahamas; OAS mission begins deployment

May 5, 2017
CARICOM to send electoral mission to The Bahamas; OAS mission begins deployment NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will mount an electoral observer mission for the May 10, 2017, general elections in The Bahamas. Meanwhile, the previously announced, Organization of American States electoral observation mission (OAS/EOM), led by its chief of mission...

Commonwealth and OAS missions to observe Bahamas elections

May 3, 2017
Commonwealth and OAS missions to observe Bahamas elections NASSAU, Bahamas -- A former foreign minister from Ghana, Hanna Tetteh, will lead a team of Commonwealth election observers to The Bahamas for the country’s general election scheduled for May 10, 2017. The Organization of American States (OAS) will also deploy an electoral mission.

Former Suriname foreign minister appointed to OAS and soon to Washington

May 1, 2017
Former Suriname foreign minister appointed to OAS and soon to Washington WASHINGTON USA -- Former foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, presented her credentials as Suriname’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) to Secretary General Luis Almagro on Friday, signaling her government’s intention to have...

Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS

April 28, 2017
Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the same day that a majority of member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution to convene a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the region to consider the situation facing Venezuela, the South American country said...

OAS secretary general calls on Venezuelan regime to halt repression immediately

April 8, 2017
OAS secretary general calls on Venezuelan regime to halt repression immediately WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Friday urged the government of Venezuela to halt the use of violence and other tools of repression against opposition demonstrators who are peacefully protesting in defense of democracy...

Commentary: OAS: a coup d'etat followed by a lynching?

April 7, 2017
Commentary: OAS: a coup d'etat followed by a lynching? “It was a coup d'état followed by a lynching”. That’s how an official of the Organisation of American States (OAS) described a meeting of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body that was held on April 3 in the most unorthodox circumstances and at which 17 countries tore-up the rule book...

OAS secretary general condemns repression of peaceful demonstration in Venezuela

April 6, 2017
OAS secretary general condemns repression of peaceful demonstration in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Wednesday condemned the use of tear gas, gunfire, rubber bullets and repression against peaceful demonstrations in Venezuela. What happened today in Caracas, Almagro said...

OAS secretary general denounces 'self-inflicted coup d'etat' in Venezuela

March 31, 2017
OAS secretary general denounces 'self-inflicted coup d'etat' in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the OAS has denounced what he described as a self-inflicted coup d’état perpetrated by the Venezuelan regime against the National Assembly, the last branch of government to be legitimized by the will of the people of Venezuela. “Unfortunately, what...

Commentary: OAS dysfunctionality requires Charter review

March 31, 2017
Commentary: OAS dysfunctionality requires Charter review On March 28, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) experienced a public spectacle of disarray that, in 36 years of diplomatic life in many international and multinational organizations, I have never witnessed. A similar observation was made by many other seasoned...

Commentary: De-risking a serious threat to Caribbean and hemispheric security

March 24, 2017
Commentary: De-risking a serious threat to Caribbean and hemispheric security For over a year in the Councils of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Caribbean countries have been warning of the threat to the region’s economic and political stability arising from the withdrawal by US banks of correspondent banking relations to Caribbean banks. Those relations...

In dealing with Venezuela, the OAS may encounter 'Comrade Trump'

March 17, 2017
In dealing with Venezuela, the OAS may encounter 'Comrade Trump' CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has referred to his US counterpart as "Comrade Trump" and told his people to expect "surprises" in the relationship between the two countries, just as the Organisation of American States (OAS) secretary general Luis Almagro has...

OAS head calls for Venezuela to be suspended

March 16, 2017
OAS head calls for Venezuela to be suspended WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday called on members to suspend Venezuela from the hemispheric group, citing the country’s continued political crisis and failure to hold elections. In a new 73-page report, Luis Almagro...

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