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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During the years of the Pan American Union, the multitude of resolutions, conventions, and treaties that emerged as the fruits of its labor established the foundation for international law in the Americas, and frequently by extension throughout the world.
The men who represented the then-21 member nations of the Pan American Union strenuously resisted efforts by any woman to speak on the floor, and insisted no discussion of any equal rights treaty could be accommodated on the agenda.
Finally, in 1976, at the initiative of the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the OAS, Ambassador Jose Maria Machin, the Permanent Council unanimously adopted a resolution establishing an inter-American modern art museum in Washington, DC, to commemorate the bicentennial of independence of the United States, the country that from the beginning had hosted the Pan American Union and then the OAS.
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