Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, January-February

50 Years: For Half a Century, the OAS Federal Credit Union Has Provided Reliable and Affordable Financial Services of the Highest Quality for Its Members and Their Families
The Credit Union of the Pan American Union (PAU)--now the OAS Staff Federal Credit Union--was founded in May 1962 when 25 staff members carne together to form the entity, each making a minimum deposit of five dollars. By the end of that year, 286 members...
Church Revivals: Up and Down Peru's Scenic, Colca Valley, Restorers Are Bringing New Life to Colonial-Era Churches That Have Suffered the Toll of Time and Tremors
In the mid-afternoon of July 23, 1991, a powerful earthquake struck the small town of Maca, in Peru's postcard-perfect Colca Valley. Relatively few people lost their lives--most residents were tending the terraced fields nearby--but much of Maca was...
Democratic Quality in Latin America
The tenth anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter provides a good opportunity to reflect on the state of democracy in Latin America. The situation is mixed. On the one hand, the countries of the region have safeguarded the foundations of...
Equestrian Ecoturism in the Lakes Region: With Its Serene Glacial Lakes, Snow-Capped Mountains, and Endless Emerald Forests, the Argentine Lake District Provides the Perfect Backdrop for Outdoor Adventure and Exploration
A ray of sun makes it through the clouds that are currently dumping rain over the nearby city of Bariloche and tinges the surface of Lake Nahuel Huapi with silver. I have set up my tripod and camera alongside this temperamental lake in the hopes of...
Freedom of Expression: Catalina Botero
Botero has been Special Rapporteur for the Freedom of Expression at the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since 2008. Her passion for human rights began in politics when she was a student leader in the "Septima Papeleta" (Seventh Ballot)...
Horacio Franco: This Charismatic Mexican Musician Has Revolutionized the Recorder, Taking It to New Heights and Breaking Stereotypes along the Way
Horacio Franco harbors no grand illusions about the importance of the simple instrument he has used to gain worldwide acclaim. He would be the first to admit that in the universe of musical instruments, the recorder isn't taken very seriously. "The European...
Human Rights
Since its beginnings more than a half of a century ago, the InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has emphasized the value of the justice system as an essential component of the Rule of Law. The Commission's decisions in cases against Argentina,...
Inequality Has a Color
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Does being black in Uruguay mean you will experience difficulties? If your skin color is different from that of the majority of the population, will you be subject to discrimination? Unfortunately, the answer to both of these...
Protecting Reproductive Rights
The protection of sexual and reproductive rights is a key priority for Amnesty International. The reason is simple: the gravity of the human rights violations that occur when sexual and reproductive rights are abused. Access to contraceptive information...
The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights: What Is the IACHR?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is one of two bodies in the inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights. The Commission has its headquarters in Washington, DC. The other human rights...
The Mystery of Bonfim Quem Tem Fe Vai a PE (Those Who Have Faith to Go on Foot)
Up on a hill in the city of Salvador, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, stands the Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (Church of Our Lord of the Good End), the most beloved church in the city. Something extraordinary happens here at this church every year...
Tourism: A Challenge for Addressing Poverty
The fight against poverty and inequality-especially the eradication of extreme poverty--is a shared responsibility of OAS member states and is vital to the promotion and consolidation of democracy. This was the perspective of the Ministers of Tourism...
Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the Americas: The Invisible Journey
Migration impacts people in different ways depending on their age at the time of migration. Children are particularly vulnerable in situations of irregular migration and especially when they travel alone. The Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN),...
Upholding Human Rights
In the 1960s, at a time when many countries in the Americas were plagued with dictators, torture, and disappearances, the international community founded the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights as ah effort to re-establish justice. The Court was created...
Women's Rights within the Inter-American System
The study, Women's Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: An Analysis of Cases Admitted between 1970 and 2008, systematically examined 1,141 documents published by the Commission. These were documents related to individual complaints...
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