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OAS notes low voter turnout for Grenada referendum; Antigua-Barbuda to take different approach

November 26, 2016
OAS notes low voter turnout for Grenada referendum; Antigua-Barbuda to take different approach ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- The electoral delegation of the Organization of American States (OAS) observing Thursday's referendum on constitutional reform in Grenada noted that, while preliminary results indicated that none of the proposed reforms were approved, voter participation...

OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections

November 23, 2016
OAS highlights improvements; CARICOM observers satisfied with Haiti's elections PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to Sunday's elections in Haiti highlighted improvements over recent elections in the process on Election Day, as part of the preliminary report presented by the mission.

CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed

November 19, 2016
CARICOM to monitor Sunday's elections in Haiti; OAS mission deployed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be monitoring the presidential elections in Haiti, rescheduled to Sunday, 20 November 2016. The elections, which were initially scheduled for Sunday 9 October 2016, were postponed after Hurricane Matthew...

Commentary: US democracy in question: OAS monitoring presidential election

November 9, 2016
Commentary: US democracy in question: OAS monitoring presidential election For the first time in its history, the Organization of American States (OAS) is monitoring the presidential election held in the United States, one of the most contested and relentless presidential contests in years. The decision to invite the OAS to monitor the election is reflective of...

OAS calls on the region to defend democracy in Venezuela

October 24, 2016
OAS calls on the region to defend democracy in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Saturday called on the countries of the region to take "concrete actions to defend democracy in Venezuela" after the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) suspended the...

OAS secretary general welcomes resumption of Colombia peace talks

October 12, 2016
OAS secretary general welcomes resumption of Colombia peace talks WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has welcomed the announcement of renewed negotiations and public dialogue between the Colombian government and the ELN guerillas as “a concrete and hopeful...

Venezuela electoral council obstructionist and biased, says OAS secretary general

September 24, 2016
Venezuela electoral council obstructionist and biased, says OAS secretary general WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said on Friday that Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE, for its initials in Spanish) is “obstructing a constitutional right and acting with a clear political bias” in announcing...

OAS celebrates anniversary of adoption of Inter-American Democratic Charter

September 14, 2016
OAS celebrates anniversary of adoption of Inter-American Democratic Charter WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday celebrated the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter (IADC) during a ceremony held in the Hall of the Americas of OAS headquarters in Washington, DC. OAS Secretary General...

Commentary: The OAS and its report on the botched Haitian election

August 13, 2016
Commentary: The OAS and its report on the botched Haitian election The Organisation of American States (OAS) has just published its result of the botched election of October 24, 2015, in Haiti. It would have been better that it held such result in its vault, letting time vet the true story because it expresses a lack of understanding of the Haitian ethos.

OAS urges action to guarantee elections in Haiti on October 9

August 12, 2016
OAS urges action to guarantee elections in Haiti on October 9 WASHINGTON, USA -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday 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...

Report on Jamaica elections presented to OAS Permanent Council

July 29, 2016
Report on Jamaica elections presented to OAS Permanent Council WASHINGTON, USA -- Former Bahamas minister of foreign affairs, Janet Bostwick, who headed the Organization of American States (OAS) electoral observation mission (EOM) at the general elections held earlier this year in Jamaica, officially presented the mission’s report to the OAS.

OAS permanent council holds special meeting on stalled Haiti elections

July 22, 2016
OAS permanent council holds special meeting on stalled Haiti elections WASHINGTON, USA -- In response to a request from the government of Haiti, Dr Elliston Rahming, Bahamas ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and chair of the OAS Permanent Council, convened a special meeting of the...

Commentary: The challenges of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

July 20, 2016
Commentary: The challenges of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has repeatedly struggled to be heard and has been criticized for various reasons. The Venezuelan government, among other regional powers, has argued on several occasions that the Commission was politicized.

OAS expresses concern over ongoing failure to hold elections in Haiti

July 16, 2016
OAS expresses concern over ongoing failure to hold elections in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Friday expressed his deep concern over the demonstrated inability of Haitian parliamentarians to meet in the National Assembly to decide on how best to guarantee...

Commentary: Haiti: Time is running out

July 16, 2016
Commentary: Haiti: Time is running out Luis Almagro, the secretary-general of the Organisation of American states (OAS), has told political stakeholders in Haiti, including the interim government and parliamentarians, that it is imperative that they fully assume their “responsibilities towards the nation”. The secretary-general’s...

Commentary: The ongoing OAS Democratic Charter saga exposes deep hypocrisy

July 2, 2016
Commentary: The ongoing OAS Democratic Charter saga exposes deep hypocrisy A meeting of foreign ministers and ambassadors of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened last week to discuss the ongoing efforts of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to use the Inter-American Democratic Charter against the government of President...

Commentary: The OAS: Not a moment for pride

June 24, 2016
Commentary: The OAS: Not a moment for pride On June 23, the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) held a meeting called by the Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, under Article 20 of the Inter-Democratic Charter, to present a report on Venezuela to the 34-member body. Below is the statement I made at the meeting.

Belize and Guatemala begin negotiations at OAS over Sarstoon River dispute

June 23, 2016
Belize and Guatemala begin negotiations at OAS over Sarstoon River dispute WASHINGTON, USA -- Delegations from Belize and Guatemala, headed by their respective foreign ministers, met on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, with Secretary General Luis Almagro to begin to negotiate the terms of...

Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn't stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so

June 20, 2016
Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn't stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so With regard to the SVG general election on December 9, 2015, the OAS representatives commented on irregularities at the Layou recount and mentioned so in their report on the elections. It cannot be right and it cannot be democratic to refuse to give evidence before a court of enquiry.

OAS secretary general urges parliamentarians in Haiti to fully assume their responsibilities

June 18, 2016
OAS secretary general urges parliamentarians in Haiti to fully assume their responsibilities WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said he has noted with great concern that the Haitian National Assembly has failed to pronounce within the terms set forth by the February 5 Agreement on the extension or not of the...

Commentary: Governments failed the OAS at its 46th Assembly

June 17, 2016
Commentary: Governments failed the OAS at its 46th Assembly The 46th General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) was not a successful event. This judgement is in no way related to the government of the Dominican Republic (DR), the organisers and hosts of the Assembly, who did a superb job. The DR deserves every credit for...

OAS and private sector to boost digital connectivity in the Americas

June 16, 2016
OAS and private sector to boost digital connectivity in the Americas SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Organization of American States (OAS), several leading companies in the field of information and communications technologies (ICTs), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and a group of universities from...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A crowded space

June 11, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A crowded space When it comes to regional and hemispheric institutions, the Caribbean and Latin America have become a crowded space. Over the last few years an extraordinary number of bodies have appeared; expanding their agendas to promote regional integration, sustainable development...

Commentary: Demise of the OAS

June 8, 2016
Commentary: Demise of the OAS “The fact is that we need not only a new human rights system, but a new inter-American system. We must understand that the Americas to the north and to the south of the Rio Grande are different, and we must communicate as blocs. The Organization of American States, the OAS...

OAS secretary general: A courageous voice on Venezuela or 'part of the imperial scum'?

June 4, 2016
OAS secretary general: A courageous voice on Venezuela or 'part of the imperial scum'? WASHINGTON, USA -- As Venezuela plunges further into economic chaos and a humanitarian crisis, battle lines are being drawn in Washington over the recent actions by Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro in invoking Article 20 of the Inter-American...

OAS secretary general invokes Democratic Charter on Venezuela

June 3, 2016
OAS secretary general invokes Democratic Charter on Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- In a letter dated May 31, 2016, to the chairman of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Permanent Council, Secretary General Luis Almagro requested the convening of an urgent session of the Permanent Council of member states between...

Open Letter to Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro

June 2, 2016
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) has been concerned since late last year over the growing indications that Secretary General Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes would seek to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS to isolate and delegitimize...

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