THE DEBACLE OF THE OAS’ 49TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY DUE TO ALMAGRO’S DOUBLE STANDARD.
Carlos Sánchez Berzain*
The Organization of American States’ (OAS) 49th General Assembly has ended with the passage of 18 resolutions and three (3) statements that do not, in any way, represent the pursuit of freedom and democracy for Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, countries occupied by Transnational Organized Crime’s dictatorships. General Secretary Luis Almagro’s own political concerns stigmatized the assembly held in Medellin with his “double standard”, starting with his distorted presentation of reality, dodging the OAS’ principles, objectives and regulations.
In his OSG/243-16 report on Venezuela, Secretary Almagro affirmed: “The concept of democracy must be seen as necessary, as indispensable, as essential in the international relations dimension in the hemisphere. . . democracy is indispensable for the OAS. In the defense of democracy, we must avoid double standards and apply mechanisms such as the Interamerican Democratic Charter in each case there is corroborated deteriorating situations regarding the respect to the essential components of representative democracy and of the fundamental components in the exercise of democracy. Action is what makes the international protection of democracy effective”.
Before the 49th General Assembly, Almagro took these steps: 1. Clearly pointed to Nicolas Maduro’s regime and described Venezuela as a “total dictatorship”; 2. In December of 2018, he pointed to Cuba as a “galloping dictatorship” and that “it is essential for the revolution to fail”; 3. This past 17th of May, he backed the fourth consecutive candidacy of Evo Morales based upon a judicial ruling that perverted the course of justice and acknowledged the indefinite reelection as a human right and partook of several acts of electoral campaign; On the eve of the 49th Assembly, Almagro “defended Daniel Ortega’s regime and described it as a Sandinista Government committed to social issues, emphasized that Nicaragua is not the same as Venezuela, because “Ortega governs Nicaragua, Maduro represses Venezuela”.
Thus, Secretary Almagro built and sustains an implicit reality that is very different to the objective reality the people, the public opinion, the press, the leaders and any honest observer perceive. He does not acknowledge -amongst other things- that Cuba’s dictatorship is the head of the other dictatorships in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia; that it was Hugo Chavez who with Venezuela’s wealth took Cuba’s dictatorship out of its Special Period and misery and re-created Castroism as the Bolivarian Movement, 21st Century Socialism, or Castroist Chavist system; that the build up and sustainment of the regimes from Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, are the work of Cuba.
It is a grave error for Almagro to have signed four reports over Venezuela’s situation, applying the Interamerican Democratic Charter, and that in the cases of Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Cuba, he avoids to apply the same obligatory regulation. It is most evident the General Secretary’s efforts to present Castroist Chavist dictatorships as separate and independent processes, unrelated between each other. It is noteworthy the argument he has made to differentiate Nicolas Maduro and his dictatorship in Venezuela from Daniel Ortega and his dictatorship in Nicaragua and from Evo Morales and his dictatorship in Bolivia.
It is shameful that for a very same matter in which the subjects, the objectives, the criminal methodologies, the acts of reciprocal cooperation, the cover ups and the common crimes, are all identical -as it happens among the regimes from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia- for Secretary Almagro to present and impose his distorted reality of separating, giving a different treatment to, and thus applying the strategy of the Castroist Chavist system.
This, and much more, is what “Almagro’s double standard” deals with. It does not acknowledge and instead covers up the unified Dictatorial America comprised by Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. His double standard restrains the application of the “Interamerican Treaty for Reciprocal Assistance” (TIAR in Spanish) for Venezuela’s case and does not apply the “Palermo’s Convention” against Transnational Organized Crime to the members of the regimes from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia.
The OAS’ 49th General Assembly has failed on the most important matters of democracy and human rights, repeating statements regarding Venezuela and Nicaragua, while ignoring Cuba’s dictatorship, and not dealing with Bolivia’s case.
*Attorney & Political Scientist. Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.
Published by Infobae.com Sunday, June 30th, 2019
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Translated from Spanish by; Edgar L. Terrazas, member of the American Translators’ Association, ATA # 234680.