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  November 21, 2006

The governments of Bolivia, Panama and Paraguay today deposited documents at the Organization of American States (OAS) relating to their ratification or signing of various inter-American treaties—on human rights, radio communications, and on the protection of archeological and artistic heritage.

In the case of Bolivia, during a ceremony that country’s Alternate Representative to the OAS, Patricia Bozo de Durán, signed documents formalizing the ratification of the Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture. According to Bozo, the ratification of this instrument by her government demonstrates and reaffirms that all acts of torture represent a denial of human rights.

For his part, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza stressed that this treaty represents an affirmation of the will of the region’s governments to respect fundamental human rights. The Inter-American Convention against torture was adopted in 1985 in Cartagena, Colombia, and with this step taken by Bolivia, has now been ratified by 17 member states.

During another ceremony at OAS headquarters, Ambassador Manuel María Cáceres of Paraguay said that ratifying the Convention on the Protection of the Archeological, Historical and Artistic Heritage of the American Nations—known as the Convention of San Salvador—is part of the government’s effort to preserve its historical richness for future generations. Ambassador Cáceres also deposited, on his government’s behalf, the instrument of accession to the Inter-American Convention on an International Amateur Radio Permit.

Meanwhile, the government of Panama, represented by Ambassador Aristides Royo, became the first country to sign a protocol adopted by the member states in 2003 to amend the same Inter-American Convention on an International Amateur Radio Permit.

Secretary General Insulza hailed the steps taken by Panama and Paraguay and noted the importance of amateur radio, particularly during natural disasters or other emergencies where no other forms of communication are available.

Reference: E-249/06