“Public Security” – the Americas
Statement of the Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas
OAS – Adopted at the fourth plenary session held on October 31, 2019
We, the Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas and Heads of Delegation, gathered in Quito, Ecuador, on October 30 and 31, 2019, at the Seventh Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA VII), hereby issue the following statement, pursuant to paragraph 3.a of the “Document of Port-of-Spain: Institutionalization of the MISPA Process”:
We commit to consolidation, strengthening, and international cooperation in public security, while at the same time voicing our concern at the violent events occurring in the region, which undermine democratic institutions and have resulted in the disruption of public order through pillaging, unrest, and the destruction of public and private property, without prejudice to the legitimate right to demonstrate and to peaceful protest in accordance with the law.
Consequently, we declare our opposition to said acts of violence, crime, and insecurity, including those perpetrated as an organized attack on peace, and we reiterate our support for democratic institutions, the rule of law, human rights, the right to freedom of expression, assembly, demonstration, and protest, while underscoring the importance of boosting actions to prevent, confront, investigate, and prosecute those criminal activities and conspiracies to commit crime, which threaten public security.
Likewise we reject any form of violence and call for guarantees to protect the integrity of everyone and for full observance of human rights.
We consider that dialogue is the best mechanism for settling disputes.