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  • The Organization of American States (OAS) Wednesday, August 6, elected Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, to chair the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs.
  • The committee is responsible for monitoring reports from various OAS bodies, including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  • The committee is also mandated to undertake work within the OAS concerning the human rights of various groups of people.

The Organization of American States (OAS) Wednesday, August 6, elected Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie, to chair the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the organisation.

The committee is responsible for monitoring reports from various OAS bodies, including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court for Human Rights and the Inter-American Juridical Committee.

It is also responsible for guiding and assessing the work of the OAS on matters such as promoting International Law (including International Humanitarian Law), Human Rights education, resisting discrimination and intolerance, strengthening public sector management and protecting rights in the era of terrorism.

The committee is also mandated to undertake work within the OAS concerning the human rights of various groups of people, including older persons, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, people of African descent, persons with HIV/AIDS, victims of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. It reports to the Permanent Council of the OAS.

Ambassador Vasciannie was elected as Chairman for one year, by acclamation of the Permanent Council, on the nomination of Colombia and Honduras.

Ambassador Vasciannie, in addition to serving as Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, is the country’s Ambassador to the United States of America.

He was Principal of the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, and a UWI Professor of International Law, prior to taking up his current positions.