OAS adopts declaration condemning El Paso shootings

 

28th of August, 2019

 

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted today by acclamation the declaration presented by Mexico condemning the terrorist attack that took place in El Paso, Texas on August 3.

In the declaration, the OAS member States strongly condemn the attack and express their complete repudiation of racial discrimination and crimes motivated by hate speech and racial superiority. In addition, they commit to fighting all forms of discrimination, intolerance and xenophobia, and to prevent, investigate, prosecute and, when appropriate, punish crimes of this nature.

In the declaration, the OAS conveys its condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and expresses its solidarity with the peoples and governments of the United States and Mexico.

When presenting the declaration, Ambassador Luz Elena Baños Rivas, Mexico's permanent representative to the OAS, said that Mexico categorically condemns all acts of violence and terrorism. The ambassador also condemned the heinous assault in El Paso and said Mexico was deeply concerned about the evidence showing that it specifically targeted Hispanics and particularly Mexicans, based on racism and a belief in racial supremacy.

She noted that this declaration, adopted by the leading hemispheric political organization, expresses the members' solidarity with the victims, but also aims to shine a light on the issue of terrorism and violence motivated by racial supremacy, so that tragedies such as El Paso do not recur. The ambassador also emphasized that the American hemisphere is characterized by its diversity, tolerance, peace and multiculturalism. Lastly, she said that our countries should promote the richness of our civilizations and seek diversity and peaceful coexistence.