The US asked the OAS to raise its voice against the atrocities of the Nicaraguan, Venezuelan and Cuban regimes in the region
Demanded that Venezuelans be able to exercise the right to choose their own leaders without repression and warned that Washington will hold Nicolás Maduro “to account for his atrocities ”
The US asked the OAS to raise its voice against the atrocities of the Nicaraguan, Venezuelan and Cuban regimes in the region.
The new United States ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Francisco Mora, this Wednesday asked the members of the organization to maintain pressure against the regimes of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba for democracy in those countries to be restored.
“We must speak up and defend democracy when it is under attack. All of our delegations should be concerned about the erosion of democracy and the impact of corruption in the Americas,” he declared in his first speech before the permanent council of the OAS.
Mora considered that member states “cannot remain silent” when a government “silences the opposition and intimidates civil society”.
In this sense, he gave the example of Nicaragua, a country from which he demanded “the immediate and unconditional” release of political prisoners under the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega.
“OAS member states must maintain the pressure on the Ortega regime to change its course,” he declared.
He also demanded that Venezuelans “be able to exercise the right to elect their own leaders without repression” and warned that the United States will make the regime of Nicolás Maduro, “hold them accountable for their atrocities”.
Mora considered that member states “cannot remain silent” when a government “silences the opposition and intimidates civil society.” (AP)
Mora, who declared himself a “proudly Cuban-American”, also raised his voice against the dictatorship of Miguel Díaz-Canel in Cuba, accusing him of “ harass and detain peaceful protesters, journalists, and independent voices”.
“The United States urges member states to stand with the Cuban people by upholding their rights to freedom expression and peaceful assembly,” he said.
The diplomat assured that the OAS continues to be “a key partner in meeting many of the critical challenges” of the continent.
While some “have come to question the viability” of the OAS, the diplomat claimed that “multilateral institutions are essential” for the region.
Francisco Mora was ratified last December by the US Senate as permanent representative before the OAS, a position that had been vacant since US President Joe Biden took office two years ago.
On January 11, the The representatives of the 34 member countries at the Organization of American States (OAS) and its Secretary General, Luis Almagro, unanimously condemned the “fascist” actions ” in Brazil.
The representatives of the 34 member countries before the Organization of American States (OAS) and its Secretary General, Luis Almagro, agreed to unanimously condemn the “fascist” actions in Brazil. (AP)
At an extraordinary meeting of the OAS Permanent Council to study the events that occurred in the South American nation, Almagro described as “fascist” and “coup-mongering” the irruption of thousands of followers of the Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the headquarters of Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Presidency.
“The fascist mobilization that invaded Brazil is part of a movement that is present not only in Brazil, it is present in other countries” in the region, assured the Uruguayan diplomat in Washington.
During the session, convened at the request of the OAS General Secretariat and nine countries, including the United States, Chile and Colombia, the 34 member states of the organization expressed their rejection of the assault.
In addition to the ambassadors, the permanent observers to the OAS from the governments of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the European Union(EU) intervened to express their condemnation, an unusual event during the organization's extraordinary sessions.
Brazil's ambassador to the OAS, Otávio Brandelli, thanked the support received by the governments of the region and assured that those responsible for the “acts of violence and vandalism” in his country will be brought to justice.
The Brazilian ambassador to the OAS, Otávio Brandelli, thanked the governments of the region for their support and assured that those responsible for the “acts of violence and vandalism” in his country will be brought to justice before the Justice. (REUTERS)
“The Brazilian State and its democratic institutions will respond to the seriousness of the acts committed,” said the diplomat.
Both Almagro and the ambassadors of countries such as Colombia and Chile, whose executives are part of the new progressive wave in South America, warned that the events in Brazil correspond to a pattern of attacks by the ultra-right on the continent.
(With information from EFE)