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“Privileges and immunity” of OAS Haiti Election Mission accorded

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( – An agreement was signed in Washington, D.C. Wednesday between the Haitian government and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) on the privileges and immunity of the Election Observation Mission of the OAS in the forthcoming presidential, parliamentary and local election.

“Privileges and immunities of the OAS observer mission are those granted to the OAS, its organs and its staff,” says the agreement signed by Haitian Ambassador to the OAS, Jean-Hector Harvel Jean-Baptiste and General Secretariat Luis Almagro.

“The property and assets of the observation mission of the OAS located at any place of Haiti and in the possession of any person shall enjoy immunity against any kind of legal proceedings, with the exception of cases accurate for which the immunity is expressly waived in writing by the Secretary General of the OAS, “says the document, a copy was sent to Le Nouvelliste.

The mission will be composed of officials from the General Secretariat of the organization, others recruited at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Organization and other international observers recruited by the General Secretariat exclusively for the needs of the observer mission OAS.

The Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation of the OAS General Secretariat elections has maintained a permanent presence in the country to directly observe the electoral process, informed the organization.

“All political and social actors in Haiti must fully assume their responsibilities and take all necessary steps to complete the electoral process with the holding of free, fair and transparent elections October 9, 2016 and, if necessary, a second round 8 January 2017, “said recently the institution’s permanent Council in a statement.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.