On March 23, 2017, Canada along with Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the U.S. and Uruguay adopted a declaration on Venezuela. However, these 14 member states voting in favor of a resolution to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS as a pretext to interfere in Venezuela was not sufficient to carry approval among the 35 members.
Nonetheless, while the declaration was not posted on the OAS website because it could not have been considered an officially approved document, sponsoring countries such as the U.S. and Canada posted it on their respective government websites. Thus, it remains the political platform of these 14 countries and unofficially of the OAS itself whose Secretary-General Luis Almagro is a servile instrument of the U.S.
The declaration cites “democracy,” “human rights” and political prisoners. Let us take each one of these issues to illustrate how they are arbitrarily wielded in the OAS.
Canada has been a member of the OAS since 1990. However, we in Canada are justified in asking Canadian governments why it has never called a special meeting of the OAS to consider U.S. violations of democracy and basic electoral principles. To take only some recent examples, was not Bush’s dubious electoral victory in 2000 worthy of an OAS investigation?
More recently, it came to light that the Obama/Clinton campaign collaborated with the conglomerate media like CNN to subvert the Sanders campaign. In the same 2016 elections, it was clear for the whole world to see that the Electoral College system, as the direct result of the wealthy slave owners that fashioned the electoral process to keep the majority disenfranchised, is not democratic.