OAS Secretary General Calls for Peaceful End to Dictatorships in Panama

Panama City: Luis Almagro Recognised by Jewish Community of Panama For Fight Against Anti-Semitism

The Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, was recognised on Wednesday by the Jewish Community of Panama with the Shalom Prize, for his “permanent fight for democracy and against anti-Semitism and terrorism in the region”.

At the headquarters of the Shevet Ahim Community Center in Panama City, the Uruguayan Almagro said the OAS is “oriented from day one to fight for a hemisphere free of anti-Semitism, free of terrorism, free of dictatorships, that is, a hemisphere of peace.”

Max Joe Harari, president of the Central Hebrew Community Council of Panama and Alan Perelis, president of the Panamanian Jewish Congress, presented the award and said it was for Almagro’s efforts to “combat discrimination and intolerance, aligned with the highest ideals in terms of Human Rights and the vocation of the nations of the Hemisphere in guaranteeing and promoting tolerance and peace”.

The Jewish Community of Panama statement distributed during the ceremony highlighted that, “under the direction of Almagro, the OAS adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and from then promotes a campaign so that all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean unite in a first and only international standard aimed at acting in prevention, education and memory”.

Almagro also held a meeting with the three magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama (TE) to coordinate the participation of OAS observers in the General Election of May 5, 2024, and reiterated his support for Panama and the the TE.

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