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Conclusion of the 53rd OAS General Assembly

  June 23, 2023

The Organization of American States (OAS) concluded today its 53rd General Assembly, held this week at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Assembly approved a resolution urging Nicaragua to cease human rights violations, release political prisoners, and respect religious freedom and freedom of expression, as well as the rule of law.

The States also resolved to recognize the need for the OAS to provide assistance to Haiti in the areas of security, democracy, promotion and protection of human rights and the holding of free and fair elections as soon as possible.

The Assembly also approved resolutions on democracy, promotion and protection of human rights, security and development, aimed at strengthening and deepening the work of the Organization in these areas, among others. The Assembly also approved the OAS budget for the year 2024 in its program-budget.

During this Assembly, elections were held for members of various organs, agencies and entities of the inter-American system, who will assume their functions on January 1, 2024.

In a presential vote, the member states reelected Stuardo Ralón (Guatemala), and elected Christopher Arif Bulkan (Guyana), Gloria Monique de Mees (Suriname) and Andrea Pochak (Argentina) to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for a four-year term.

The member states also elected by acclamation Alejandra Valencia (Colombia) and Eric P. Rudge (Suriname) to the Inter-American Juridical Committee for a four-year term. T. Michael Peay (United States) was reelected to the OAS Administrative Tribunal, also by acclamation, for a six-year term.

For the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), the member states elected María Victoria Rivas (Paraguay) and Benjamin Berger (Canada) by acclamation for a three-year term, leaving one seat vacant. One seat remained vacant on the Audit Committee.

The Assembly instructed the Permanent Council to hold the elections for the vacant positions on the JSCA and the Audit Committee at the first session to be held after September 23 of this year. The Chair of the Assembly suggested August 23 as the deadline for submitting candidacies, which was accepted by the plenary.

Likewise, the member states determined that the 54th General Assembly will be held in Suriname in 2024.

Reference: E-030/23