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OAS Member States Demand the Immediate Release of Political Prisoners in Nicaragua

Remarks by Bradley A. Freden Interim U.S. Permanent Representative OAS Permanent Council February 18, 2022 Thank you, Chair.  The United States is pleased to join the statement read on behalf of 26 OAS member states.  The presentations today are a grave reminder that the circumstances in Nicaragua are only getting worse by the day, to the point where Ortega’s repression ...
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United States Condemns Russian Aggression at OAS Permanent Council

Remarks by Bradley A. Freden Interim U.S. Permanent Representative February 2, 2022 Chairman, I would like to take the opportunity to briefly comment on Russia’s miliary buildup in and around Ukraine and its impact on the Western Hemisphere. Russia’s actions threaten a renewed crisis not only for Ukraine, but for the wider world.  Russian aggression puts ...
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MEMBER STATES CONDEMN NICARAGUA’S VIOLATION OF INTERPOL RED NOTICE IN HARBORING IRANIAN OFFICIAL IMPLICATED IN THE 1994 AMIA TERRORIST BOMBING

Remarks by Bradley A. Freden Interim U.S. Permanent Representative January 19, 2022 Thank you Chair, and thank you Argentina for bringing this important matter to our attention.  The United States is pleased to join this statement.   We fully support Argentina’s efforts to see justice done in AMIA case and condemn Rezaei’s visit to Nicaragua and to our hemisphere as an affront ...
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OAS Adopts Resolution on Nicaragua Invoking the Democratic Charter

Remarks by Bradley A. Freden Interim Permanent Representative of the United States December 8, 2021 Thank you, Chair.  We would like to thank all the OAS delegations that voted in favor of this resolution today.  The United States believes this resolution sets a clear path for Nicaragua to return to democracy and respect for human rights.    While the United States regrets that Nicaragua took steps to withdraw from the OAS, member states must remain engaged and do all we can to uphold our collective commitments under the Inter American Democratic Charter.  In fact, Nicaragua must still meet its commitments under the Charter despite its recent efforts to withdraw.   The region and the international community must continue to stand together with the Nicaraguan people in support of their right to freely choose their representatives.    Nicaragua joined the Charter twenty years ago, through which we all resolved that the peoples of the Americas  have a right to democracy, and their governments, including the Nicaraguan government, have an obligation ...
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