I din’t think we could have expected more from OAS, however there is frustration over international organizations, sometimes they are “too damm diplomatic” and respond only to current government’s wishes; after all they are the ones who authorize payments for OAS operating costs, and this is one case.
Put yourself in the shoes of the brave TIPNIS protest-walk people: if no one listens to you inside your own country, with a Constitution and Laws that are there to be complied and enforced? then, who should you go after? It appears that the OAS with Chilean Insulza, as his name suggests in Spanish, it has become just a bland/weak….. organization. Ever since the Malvinas/Falklands war between Argentina and the United Kingdom, the OAS performance left most of LAC with a sense of having an organization incapable of enforcing diplomatic results. Had the problem been under the NATO, that organization would have had the power to support any of its members.
Going back to Bolivia’s internal problems, but without Law compliance and enforcement, the question is: who do we turn for support, if our current central government uses the political, judicial system as they please? and lets not forget we are under a democracy…
Here is an article written by M. Chuquimia for El Deber:
The OAS will hear TIPNIS’ trouble, without intervening
Secretary General Insulza said that he will receive the parties in conflict, but without assuming a position. Indigenous people indicate that they will just go to the meeting
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, said yesterday that as an organization they can not get involved in the conflict that exists between the Government and the indigenous peoples of the TIPNIS; Although he said that only “he will hear” the position of all the groups who requested an interview with his person.
“Have asked me a meeting all protagonists in this event, two organizations that are somehow representing different points of view and also people who are in charge of the Government.” I will receive all. “Now, must say from start, so that there is no mistake, which I am going to listen to them with much interest and respect for their views, but I think it is an issue that we could hardly get involved,” said the international dignitary.
The chieftain of the indigenous Council of the South (Conisur) suddenly appeared in the governorate of Cochabamba, few minutes before noon, and held a long meeting with Governor Edmund Novillo (MAS) and, according to statements by Pradel, they “require” a “go-ahead” OAS on their demand for consultation and the construction of the road. [it is no secret that this recently heard-of organization has strong ties with the MAS, who happens to have “social sectors” who in practice have become just the armed/confronting groups who push this government’s agenda]
“We are going to ask the Secretary Insulza to give a ruling and give the go-ahead to our demand, we demand a response, we have a meeting at 14: 00”, said the chieftain, but then there was no meeting.
But the indigenous leadership of the March also sent their delegates and the leader Adolfo Moye, who was in the column, also appeared in Cochabamba, although with fewer resources than Pradel, because these leaders must make the confirmation of the hearing; yesterday they could not access the hotel Regina, where is the Secretary General of the OAS.
“Pradel does not represent anyone, we believe that the OAS is being deceived by the Government because they are presenting all their “white sticks” [a term that describes some people acting as cover for the real interests by other people, in this case a group that represents the interests of the ruling political party MAS and/or coca growers who were offered new virgin land for their crops] that support all the measures, said indigenous leader.
Although Pradel said to represent their sector, yesterday was not accompanied by the leadership of the Coordinator of indigenous peoples of the Tropic of Cochabamba (Cpitco), and his presence was solitary, although with personalities of the Government who support this group.
According to the indigenous Deputy Pedro Nuni, ‘most’ of the indigenous leadership delegation today reached Cochabamba for the meeting with Insulza.
Adolfo Chávez, President of the CIDOB, explained that the March column knows that this international body can not get involved in internal affairs of countries, but the indigenous movement wants to explain the contradictions that occur in a multinational State, “in which indigenous rights are violated”.
The Commission of 12 leaders of CIDOB and CONAMAQ who will discuss the problems of the relationship between the Government and the indigenous movement to the OAS, will leave Palos Blancos on Sunday.
But it isn’t just this group. Opponents of the Government, alleging the violation of human rights of several members and leaders of Santa Cruz, also seek a meeting with Insulza. Even the wife of judge Luis Hernando Tapia Pachi is located in Cochabamba.
Mrs Norma Piérola (CN) denounced that the inaugural meeting of the Assembly of the OAS will have official presence because they only invited the caucusgoers of the MAS and not so the opponents, but they intend to publicly denounce the violations committed in the country.
On the subject, Secretary Insulza stated that this organization can not engage in issues of internal interest of countries. “The Commission on human rights meets in the city of Washington every three months, more or less, and then solves a number of cases.” Generally it does not resolve requests prior or subsequent to its meeting at Headquarters (Washington). “That is why resolutions on these issues here are not going to happen, not”, according to what the Secretary General said categorically.
He added that the subject may be treated by the IACHR at its time, but it did not say when this treatment will be given. The body of human rights held its 144° ordinary period of sessions between March, 19 and 30, 2012 and its next meeting will be held next July, from the 16th to the 20th.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Complaints. Movement Without Fear (MSM) announced that it would submit, through the regular channels, to José Miguel Insulza a dossier with allegations of violation of human rights and political espionage, among other irregularities recorded by the Government.
Without accreditation. The opposition Member Norma Piérola (CN) yesterday denounced the Chancellery refused to accredit the opposition caucusgoers to attend the OAS, arguing that it has no competence to do so. Piérola said they will seek to make their voice heard, anyway.
They accuse persecution. The former University President and former President of the Interinstitutional Committee of Sucre Jaime Barrón, on behalf of the defendants for alleged abuses against farmers, yesterday submitted a letter in which denounces an alleged political persecution by the Government to the OAS.
Refoundation. The President Evo Morales changed the view of the meeting of the OAS and said the body should address the issue of the refounding of the Agency. According to Morales, the entity was created for a purpose and at a certain point, but those times have changed.
Parallel Summit. The Deputy Minister for coordination with social movements, César Navarro, confirmed that President Evo Morales will inaugurate the Social Summit which will begin on June 3 in parallel to the Assembly of the OAS, in the municipality of Tiquipaya.