Organization of American States

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Organization of American States

Commonly called the OAS. An international organization consisting of all independent states in North and South America (though not all members are active). It was established in 1948 to oppose the spread of communism. The OAS promotes democracy, economic cooperation and free trade. It also provides a forum for addressing grievances among members. It is based in Washington, D.C.
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From Resolution 40, "International Protection of the Essential Rights of Man" of the Final Act of the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace, as cited in Inter-American Juridical Committee, "Draft Declaration of the International Rights and Duties of Man and Accompanying Report" (Washington, DC: Pan-American Union, March 1946).
This endeavor resulted in the Rio Pact in 1947, a military alliance based on collective security, and the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1948, an entity conceived as the successor of the Pan-American Union to promote political solidarity and commercial intercourse.
The authors describe all the contentious issues: a veto for the Big Five on everything except a Security Council decision to discuss a matter, seats for the Ukraine and White Russia even though they were then no more independent of Moscow than New York and California were of Washington, a seat for Argentina despite its embrace of Hitler, the charter's inclusion of the right of countries or organizations like the Pan-American Union to defend themselves.
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