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OAS Secretary General Urges Respect for Due Process in Paraguay

  June 21, 2012

Following the political events developing in Paraguay, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, reiterated his “firm conviction that the institutional stability that has been achieved in the region must be protected, safeguarding respect for due process, not only in form, but also in substance.” He added that “that implies the proper assessment of the evidence of the accusation and the application of terms that allow the adequate preparation and presentation of the arguments of the accused in plain exercise of their right to defense.”

In this context, the Secretary General emphasized the decision of President Lugo to submit himself to impeachment proceedings, “which should be done in strict respect for the letter and spirit of the Constitution and the laws, respecting the norms of coexistence that govern the democratic process and safeguarding the democratic stability and continuity in the Republic of Paraguay.

Secretary General Insulza called on all social and political sectors in Paraguay to “rigorously respect the democratic climate and the peace that has been achieved by the region,” and stressed that “its care is the common task of societies of the hemisphere.”

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Reference: E-226/12