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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...

OAS invites Bahamas human rights group to regional consultations in Jamaica

March 1, 2017
OAS invites Bahamas human rights group to regional consultations in Jamaica FREEPORT, Bahamas -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has invited the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association to take part in high level regional consultations on the development of its 2017 – 2020 strategic plan. Representatives from select NGOs across the region...

OAS observes conclusion of electoral cycle in Haiti

February 2, 2017
OAS observes conclusion of electoral cycle in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the legislative and local elections in Haiti has commended the country on the organization of a very complex election, but expressed concern over low turnout, particularly in urban areas.

OAS urges Venezuela government to respect rules of the National Assembly

December 29, 2016
OAS urges Venezuela government to respect rules of the National Assembly WASHINGTON, USA -- The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday urged the Venezuelan government, particularly the executive branch, to respect the National Assembly’s internal regulations to elect its board of directors, which is to take office on...

OAS calls for restoration of civil order in Venezuela

December 20, 2016
OAS calls for restoration of civil order in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday called for calm and the reestablishment of civil order in Venezuela amid serious incidents of public unrest in at least 12 states, with reports of demonstrations, disturbances and...

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...

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