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OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to Haiti

April 17, 2014
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Haiti from April 8 – 10 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with...

OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to Jamaica

April 11, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Jamaica from April 1-3, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus.

OAS digitalizes and catalogues 2.5 million vital statistics records in six Eastern Caribbean countries

April 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA), has completed a project to assist the civil registries in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent...

OAS reiterates call for broad dialogue between government and opposition in Venezuela

April 7, 2014
OAS reiterates call for broad dialogue between government and opposition in Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, said that the confrontations in the streets, mutual insults and successive prosecutions and dismissals of members of the opposition, which continue to occur in Venezuela...

OAS anti-corruption mechanism releases report on Guyana

March 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The committee of experts of the follow-up mechanism for the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Guyana report on the implementation of this treaty.

OAS and ACS to strengthen cooperation ties

March 26, 2014
OAS and ACS to strengthen cooperation ties WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met on Monday with the secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Alfonso Múnera Cavadía, to discuss how to build a more active and dynamic partnership.

Caribbean chief justices participate in workshop on drug treatment courts

March 24, 2014
VANCOUVER, Canada -- The Organization of American States (OAS), in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP), held last week in Vancouver, Canada, a drug treatment court (DTC) exchange and on-site study program event.

OAS and EU sign financing agreement to strengthen Inter-American Human Rights System

March 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, signed last week a cooperation agreement with the European Union (EU) that stipulates the contribution of one million Euros to strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System.

OAS secretary general meets with head of UN mission in Haiti

March 21, 2014
OAS secretary general meets with head of UN mission in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Wednesday met with the special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré.

OAS assists Jamaica in development of national cyber security strategy

March 20, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday concluded a three-day visit to Kingston, Jamaica, as part of the technical assistance provided to that government for the development of...

OAS anti-corruption mechanism to conduct on-site visit to Belize

March 13, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- A Commission from the OAS Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) will conduct, from April 23 to 25, an on-site visit to Belize with the consent of the host country.

US, Panama reject OAS declaration on Venezuela

March 10, 2014
US, Panama reject OAS declaration on Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- At a special meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council on Friday, the United States and Panama both rejected the wording of an approved declaration on the situation in Venezuela. The full text of the declaration...

Probe called for into recent violence and detentions in Venezuela

March 7, 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland -- A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has asked the Venezuelan government for prompt clarification of allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive use of force and violence against protesters, journalists and media workers during recent protests.

OAS donates two firearm marking machines to Honduras

March 7, 2014
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday donated to the government of Honduras two firearm marking machines, along with two computers and accessories, which will go to the armed forces of the Central American country.

OAS anti-corruption mechanism to conduct on-site visit to St Vincent

February 28, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- A Commission from the OAS Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) will conduct from April 22 to 24, 2014, an on-site visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines with the consent of the host country.

Meeting of cyber crime experts to strengthen legal cooperation opens at OAS

February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary of legal affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jean Michel Arrighi, on behalf of the secretary general of the institution, José Miguel Insulza, on Thursday opened a meeting of experts on the investigation of cyber crimes.

Commentary: Dialogue is the only path to take in Venezuela

February 25, 2014
Commentary: Dialogue is the only path to take in Venezuela The demonstrations in various cities in Venezuela in recent days have been impressive due to the number of people involved, unacceptable for the persistent violence that accompanied them and painful due to the loss of young Venezuelan lives, which we all lament. They are not, however, new to the region.

OAS anti-corruption mission to conduct on-site visit to Jamaica

February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- A Commission from the OAS Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) will conduct on April 1 – 3, 2014, an on-site visit to Jamaica with the consent of the host country.

OAS and Microsoft sign cyber security agreement

February 15, 2014
REDMOND, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) and Microsoft have signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen efforts made by the OAS cyber security program over the last ten years. The signing of the agreement took place at Microsoft’s headquarters in Washington State.

Haitian president addresses OAS

February 11, 2014
Haitian president addresses OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- President of Haiti, Michel Martelly says political dialogue is taking place in his country to convene legislative and municipal elections in 2014, and expressed his support for the debate currently underway among member states over the strategic vision of the hemispheric institution.

OAS calls for approval of anti-money laundering legislation in Guyana

February 11, 2014
OAS calls for approval of anti-money laundering legislation in Guyana WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Monday called for the timely approval in the Parliament of Guyana of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act, which should bring the country up to standard.

OAS supports talks on renewable energy usage in the Caribbean

February 11, 2014
OAS supports talks on renewable energy usage in the Caribbean NECKER ISLAND, BVI -- The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, met with government officials, private sector leaders and renewable energy experts from around the world this week to promote increased use of renewable energy in the Caribbean.

OAS anti-corruption mission to conduct on-site visit to Haiti

February 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- A commission from the OAS Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) will conduct, from April 8 to 10, an on-site visit to Haiti with the consent of the host country, as part of the follow-up process...

World Economic Forum and OAS leaders urge action to combat organised crime and illicit trade

February 3, 2014
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Global leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland have issued a call for united actions to combat organised crime and illicit trade and announced the development of a global action plan to address the issue to be launched in 2015.

Chief of OAS electoral observation mission arrives in Costa Rica

January 29, 2014
SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS), the former Mexican presidential candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota, arrived on Monday in San José to lead the tasks of the OAS technical team for the presidential...

Belize and Guatemala agree on plan to strengthen relations

January 27, 2014
Belize and Guatemala agree on plan to strengthen relations WASHINGTON, USA -- The foreign ministers of Belize and Guatemala, Wilfred Elrington and Fernando Carrera, and the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Friday at the headquarters of the multilateral Organization signed an agreement entitled...

Eastern Caribbean representatives at OAS describe effects of Christmas storm and appeal for aid

January 18, 2014
Eastern Caribbean representatives at OAS describe effects of Christmas storm and appeal for aid WASHINGTON, USA -- The permanent representatives of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica to the Organization of American States (OAS) described and gave dramatic details about the damage that resulted from the intense torrential rains that fell over Christmas on the Eastern Caribbean.

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