B'nai B'rith director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn represented the organization during the 44th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), held last week in Asuncion, Paraguay.
During a three-hour session between OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and the Civil Society, Kohn spoke on a number of issues on behalf of B'nai B'rith, including the adoption of 100 orphaned Syrian children into Uruguay, acceptance of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, civil unrest in Venezuela and the need for OAS to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against Discrimination, which was approved by last year's assembly.
In addition to his work in the General Assembly, Kohn met with various leaders, including Paraguay Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga; U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carmen Lomellin; OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza; Israeli Director of the Foreign Ministry for Latin America Itzhak Shoham; Milton Romani, Uruguay Ambassador to OAS; DCM Alejandro Rosas; Uruguay Foreign Minister Luis Almagro; Egyptian Observer and Ambassador to Uruguay Salim Ali Salem; the Jewish community and B'nai B'rith members.
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