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OAS Analyze Security Reform in Centro America

FROM JANUARY 28 TO February 3, 2012, the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Ambassador Adam Blackwell, travelled to five member state countries in Central America. Ambassador Blackwell travelled across the region to meet with key officials, to explore the kind of support that the hemispheric organization can lend to the Central American Integration System (SICA) and their regional security strategy.

OAS representatives during a meeting with police authorities in San Pedro Sula (Photo by La Tribuna newspaper, Honduras)

Ambassador Blackwell met with national authorities in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Costa Rica to present and promote the “MAS Centro America” initiative; a coordinated package of integrative security projects developed by the OAS’s Secretariat for Multidimensional Security. This new initiatives will address the growing security concerns being faced in the region. The program also seeks to support the SICA regional security strategy. 

The initiative is characterized, first, by an evaluation of the security systems in place within the involved countries. A diagnosis is then made of the areas and institutions that must be reformed in order to achieve the expressed objective.

During his visit to Honduras, the OAS representative participated in meetings with high-level officials including: Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales; the Minister of Security, Pompeyo Bonilla; and the Dean of the Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), Julieta Castellanos, - whom are currently playing a prominent role in their respective country’s security reform policies.

“Not only does an analysis of police work occur but also we assess the public prosecutors and the entire system as a whole.”

During Ambassador Blackwell’s travels through the region, a group of experts from the OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security were in the process of carrying out an assessment of the national public security system in Honduras. The team has been interviewing hundreds of officials and visiting police stations, prisons and judicial agencies in several cities across the country, gathering information and data from the different institutions that deal with security in the country.

As the Secretary of Multidimensional Security argued, describing his office’s involvement in the initiative, "not only does an analysis of police work occur but also we assess the public prosecutors and the entire system as a whole.  We look to see how they work together, because you can have the best police force in the world but if there are no effective prosecutions, then problems occur.”

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» Discutirán expertos en la OEA cooperación en seguridad (La Provincia, México)
» OAS to beef up Belize’s security, (The Reporters, Belize)
» OEA colabora en reforma a políticas de seguridad (La Tribuna, Honduras)
» OEA dará informe sobre seguridad y justicia en Honduras (El Heraldo, Honduras)
» Alto funcionario de la OEA discutirá temas de Seguridad en Honduras (Proceso, Honduras)
» OEA le entra a la depuración policial (El Heraldo, Honduras)
» Una misión de la OEA conoce sobre cómo funciona Policía en norte de Honduras (Agencia EFE)
» Misión técnica de la OEA se reúne con jefes policiales del norte (Proceso, Honduras)
» OEA preocupada e interesada por la vorágine de violencia en Honduras (La Tribuna, Honduras)

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