Luis Almagro was distinguished by the Jewish community of Panama with the Shalom Prize for his fight against anti-Semitism

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The OAS Secretary General thanked the recognition and criticized dictators who enter into “anti-Semitic alliances” and with “intraregional terrorist organizations and their crimes”

Luis Almagro was distinguished by the Jewish community of Panama with the Shalom Award for his fight against antisemitism

The secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Uruguayan Luis Almagro, speaks after receiving the Shalom award from the Jewish community of Panama, today, in Panama City (Panama). EFE/Carlos Lemos

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, advocated for a regional peace “free of dictatorships”, after being distinguished this Wednesday by the Jewish Community of Panama with the Shalom Prize, for his “permanent struggle for democracy and against anti-Semitism and terrorism in the region”.

Almagro, who has led the OAS since 2015, said that this inter-American body is oriented “from day one to fight for a hemisphere free of anti-Semitism, free of terrorism, free of dictatorships, that is, a hemisphere of peace.”

The Uruguayan Almagro, who was Foreign Minister of his country between 2010 and 2015, also defended the “collective commitment” to live in a constitutional democracy with rights, guarantees, separation of powers and freely elected governments, while criticizing the ” dictators” enter into “anti-Semitic alliances” and with “intraregional terrorist organizations and their crimes.

“I appreciate this recognition, the Shalom award, that is, peace. A peace that we will only achieve by fighting terrorism, preserving democracy and its institutions, protecting human rights,” said Almagro upon receiving the award.

“Peace does not arise out of nowhere, peace needs conditions to materialize, strengthen and reproduce over time. The voices that oppose democratic values ​​and practices sometimes emerge at speeds that leave us stunned, “he added.

Almagro recalled in this sense the terrorist attacks suffered by the Jewish community such as the Amia attack in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, and the explosion of flight 901 of the airline Alas Chiricanas “the next day” on July 19, 1994.< /p>

Luis Almagro was distinguished by the Jewish community of Panama with the Shalom Award for his fight against antisemitism

The secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Uruguayan Luis Almagro, speaks after receiving the Shalom award from the Jewish community of Panama, today, in Panama City (Panama). EFE/Carlos Lemos

With the Shalom Prize, Almagro is recognized “for his efforts to combat discrimination and intolerance, aligned with the highest ideals in terms of Human Rights and the vocation of the nations of the Hemisphere to guarantee and promote tolerance and peace,” he said. David Mizrachi Fidanque, on behalf of the Panamanian Jewish Community.

Similarly, at the Mizrachi Fidanque award ceremony, he praised the recent appointment of Fernando Lottemberg as OAS Observer on issues of antisemitism.

In a statement distributed during the ceremony, the Jewish Community of Panama highlighted that “the OAS, under the direction of Almagro, adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA for its acronym in English) and since then promotes a campaign so that all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean unite in a first and only international standard aimed at acting in prevention, education and memory.”

The OAS Secretary General was recognized by Max Joe Harari, president of the Central Hebrew Community Council of Panama and Alan Perelis, president of the Panamanian Jewish Congress, at the headquarters of the Shevet Ahim Community Center, located in the Panamanian capital.

The Shalom Prize distinguishes individuals or organizations for their efforts in building the peace.

Luis Almagro also held a meeting this Wednesday with the three magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama (TE), in order to coordinate the participation of observers from this international organization in the General Election of May 5, 2024, as reported by the electoral entity.

Almagro reiterated his support for Panama and the TE, and instructed his ambassador to work on the text of the new agreement that must be signed, beginning with the observation of the primary elections of the political parties that must be held in June and July of this year, as requested by the Panamanian electoral body.

With information from EFE

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