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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...

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...

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