OAS Performance: Democracy and Human Rights

What Does It Have to Show after 70 Years?

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The 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States took place on June 5. (OAS)

Socioeconomic crises of historic proportions in Nicaragua and Venezuela have repeatedly raised calls for action from the Organization of American States (OAS). The organization, which dates back to 1948, is the most prominent and likely candidate for a unified front.

However, that poses the question: What has been the OAS record thus far? Further, what tools does it have at its disposal to confront anti-democratic and inhumane regimes?

Backgrounder Content

  • Who funds the OAS? What is its total budget?
  • How many people does it employ and where are they all?
  • What has the OAS done to halt the march of 21st-century socialism?
  • What is the status of the region’s worst violators of human rights: Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela?
  • In the past two decades, what successes can the OAS claim?
  • What can the OAS impose on human-rights and democracy violators?
  • Why did South American nations start UNASUR? Why has UNASUR fallen apart?

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Paz Gómez
Paz Gómez is the Antigua Report policy analyst. She is cofounder and academic coordinator of Libre Razón, a liberal think tank in Quito, Ecuador. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and political science from San Francisco University of Quito, with a minor in translation. Follow @PazenLibertad.

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