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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...

UN warns of severe lack of funding for human rights body for the Americas

May 28, 2016
UN warns of severe lack of funding for human rights body for the Americas GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations human rights office said on Friday it is disturbed by the severe financial crisis the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is facing, warning that the Commission's capacity to respond to victims of rights violations across the Americas...

Commentary: The Caribbean Court: An example to Latin America

May 28, 2016
Commentary: The Caribbean Court: An example to Latin America Two events at the Organisation of American States (OAS) in recent months have underscored the soundness of the system by which the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is financed. It is a tribute to Caribbean creativity and innovation that the CCJ is one of the few courts in the world...

Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians?

May 24, 2016
Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians? The OAS is very much like the SVG police complaints department – police investigating police in SVG just does not work and neither does the OAS, which is packed with like-minded representatives from the islands. That is why the OAS election report was so wishy washy. Despite the representatives observing...

Venezuela rejects 'interventionist statements' by OAS

May 20, 2016
Venezuela rejects 'interventionist statements' by OAS KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In a statement released through the Venezuelan embassy in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday, the country’s foreign minister Delcy Rodríguez rejected what were described as “interventionist statements” by OAS secretary general Luis Almagro.

OAS election observation mission to Dominican Republic proposes in-depth structural reform

May 20, 2016
OAS election observation mission to Dominican Republic proposes in-depth structural reform SANTO DOMINIGO, Dominican Republic -- The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) to the general elections of May 15 in the Dominican Republic, headed by former Colombian president Andrés Pastrana, on Tuesday presented a preliminary...

OAS chief calls Venezuela president a petty dictator, traitor and liar

May 19, 2016
OAS chief calls Venezuela president a petty dictator, traitor and liar WASHINGTON, USA -- In an unusual display of diplomatic cojones, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro referred to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro as a petty dictator, a traitor and a liar in an open letter devoid of any semblance of tact or subtlety.

US officials warn of possible coup in Venezuela

May 18, 2016
US officials warn of possible coup in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- According to US intelligence officials, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is at risk of being ousted by his own military, as the country experiences widespread unrest prompted by severe food shortages, daily power outages, triple-digit inflation and serious political tensions.

Final report of OAS electoral mission to St Vincent reiterates concerns and achievements

May 16, 2016
Final report of OAS electoral mission to St Vincent reiterates concerns and achievements WASHINGTON, USA -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines on December 9, 2015, on Friday presented its final report to the electoral authorities and to OAS member states.

OAS to deploy experts to investigate shooting incident in Belize-Guatemala adjacency zone

May 6, 2016
OAS to deploy experts to investigate shooting incident in Belize-Guatemala adjacency zone WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, on Wednesday met with the ministers of foreign affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River.

OAS pays tribute to Antigua-Barbuda ambassador's Permanent Council presidency

May 3, 2016
OAS pays tribute to Antigua-Barbuda ambassador's Permanent Council presidency WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday paid tribute to Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador, Sir Ronald Sanders, for his successful presidency of the Permanent Council, the governing body of the organization. In praising Sanders’ stewardship...

OAS to conduct independent investigation into death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone

April 28, 2016
OAS to conduct independent investigation into death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will conduct, at the request of the governments of Belize and Guatemala, an independent investigation of the April 20 incident that led to the death of the Guatemalan minor Julio René Alvarado Ruano and in which...

OAS condemns shooting death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone

April 23, 2016
OAS condemns shooting death of Guatemalan minor in Belize adjacency zone WASHINGTON, USA -- The OAS General Secretariat has condemned the death of a Guatemalan minor at the hands of a Belizean patrol, and urged both sides to redouble efforts to establish a lasting peace in the adjacency zone between the two countries. The OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone...

OAS Permanent Council to discuss finance and banking services challenges

March 28, 2016
OAS Permanent Council to discuss finance and banking services challenges WASHINGTON, USA -- Caribbean and Central American states have recently been subject to worrying developments directly affecting their financial services sector that pose a threat to their economic growth and political stability, says Sir Ronald Sanders, chair of the Permanent Council...

Latin America and the Caribbean called on to strengthen efforts on cybersecurity

March 15, 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean called on to strengthen efforts on cybersecurity WASHINGTON, USA -- Leaders of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday called on the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to step up their efforts on cybersecurity after releasing a new study, carried out by the two...

OAS to observe elections in Dominican Republic

March 15, 2016
OAS to observe elections in Dominican Republic WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of the Dominican Republic on Monday signed formal agreements by which the OAS will send an electoral observation mission (EOM) to the general elections of May 15, which will be headed by...

OAS underscores historic voter participation in St Vincent and the Grenadines

March 11, 2016
OAS underscores historic voter participation in St Vincent and the Grenadines WASHINGTON, USA -- The electoral mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines on December 9, 2015, on Wednesday underscored, in a presentation to the OAS Permanent Council, the historic...

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