The member countries of the Organization of American States meet this Friday on the third and last day of the 51st Assembly of the organization. In the morning plenary, the authorities of the different bodies were voted, among which the vacancies to be filled in the Inter-American Council of Human Rights.
The initial count of the vote awarded the seats to three of the seven candidates: Judge Rodrigo Bittencourt Mudrovitsch from Brazil, the most voted with 19 accessions; Judge Verónica Gómez of Argentina, with 17; and Judge Nancy Hernández López from Costa Rica, with 16. As there was a tie for fourth place, a tiebreaker vote was necessary, which favored the Chilean magistrate Patricia Pérez Goldberg, who beat Miriam Josefina Peña Candia, from Paraguay, 16 to 8.
In all four cases, the lawyers’ management period will begin on January 1, 2022 and will expire on December 24, 2017.
In the other organs that had to fill vacancies, there was an election by acclamation: Dean Evanson from Antigua and Barbuda acceded to the Board of External Auditors, Nadia Franco Bazán from Panama joined the Justice Center of the Americas, and Luis García from Peru will be a member of the Legal Committee.
Debate on Nicaragua
On Thursday, the second day of the General Assembly held virtually in Guatemala, it had a Nicaragua as the main point of debate, in addition to the Venezuelan regime.
The “situation” of both countries practically monopolized the deliberations of the 34 member states of the regional body, despite the constant claim at various times of the day by Nicaragua.
The United States and Canada were the nations that most strongly criticized the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, during his speeches., that last Sunday was reelected in controversial elections described as a “farce” by the international community.
During his speech, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, ratified Washington’s rejection of the elections in Nicaragua, in addition to directing his criticism against Cuba and Venezuela.
”In the recent elections in Nicaragua, the Ortega government prevented some leaders of opposition parties and civil society from participating”Recalled Blinken, who mentioned that his country issued a resolution in this assembly to condemn the Executive headed by the Sandinista leader.
The draft resolution on the OAS agenda was included in item 24 of the Assembly’s agenda, promoted by the representations of Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, to be debated this Friday.
The motion for a resolution on “the situation in Nicaragua “ regrets that the Central American country has ignoring the diplomatic and technical initiatives undertaken since June 2019 by the OAS to promote “representative democracy and the protection of human rights”.
The draft resolution, which can be adopted by a simple majority of 18 votes, asks the OAS Permanent Council to do “An immediate collective evaluation (…) no later than November 30 and take appropriate action”.
In any case the text does not openly request the activation of Article 21 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, by virtue of which a member state can be suspended if it breaks the democratic order and diplomacy does not work.
But it could lead to its activation based on the conclusions of “collective evaluation”.
(With information from EFE and AFP)