March 5, 2014
Marczak: Region is "Silent" on Venezuela
The OAS is the world’s oldest regional organization, and it brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas. For its member nations, the OAS is designed to bring “peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence," according to its website.
Whether the effort will be significant is unclear. Jason Marczak, deputy director of the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, said in a statement that the “senseless deaths and arbitrary arrests in Venezuela have gone unnoticed by many in the global community.” He said the leaders of Colombia, Panama and Peru stand out in Latin America for their calls for peace and dialogue, but added that “much of the region remains silent.”