Instruction to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Cooperation With the American Police Community (AMERIPOL)

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
November 22, 2013

We hereby adopt the following recommendation for strengthening international cooperation in the area of public security:

  1. Within the framework of MISPA IV, the General Secretariat of the OAS is instructed to carry out a legal, technical, and budgetary review in order to chart and define a roadmap for the American Police Community (AMERIPOL) to become part of the inter-American system, and so strengthen its current activities in the area of police management and cooperation.


[1.] Ecuador expresses its concern with the procedure adopted at the Fourth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas to approve this document and deplores having been obliged to vote in a process that requires unanimity in the opinions and commitments of all the Organization’s member states.

In that regard, Ecuador wishes to make clear its opposition to AMERIPOL being a part of the inter-American system, in view of its origins, nature, and structure. Therefore, Ecuador does not accept and will not accept in the future any decision or resolution adopted on this matter in the framework of the inter-American system.

[2.] Bolivia and Venezuela reject the contents of this document, as it was adopted outside the framework of standards and procedures that govern the workings of the process of meetings of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA). Accordingly, they do not regard it as a mandate for the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) since neither is it legitimate, nor does it reflect the will of the member states. Furthermore, this situation has set a disastrous procedural precedent in the Organization.

There is an evident absence of supervision, oversight, and participation on the part of governments of OAS member states in the American Police Community (AMERIPOL). The AMERIPOL Statutes lack express provisions on the participation and functions of the relevant governmental entities in the area of security that would enable not only inter-police cooperation as is currently envisaged, but also inter-governmental cooperation. Thus, by its nature, AMERIPOL is incompatible with the inter-American system and, in that regard, Bolivia and Venezuela underscore the principles of sovereignty, independence, and nonintervention in the domestic affairs of states recognized in the Charter of the OAS.