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Greatest Harm for Indigenous, Afro-Descendent People Living in Poverty

(Washington, D.C.) – Ecuador’s laws criminalizing abortion violate the rights and risk the lives and health of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 128-page report, “‘Why Do They Want to Make Me Suffer Again?’…
Feminist activists and pro-choice groups witness a debate at Ecuador’s National Assembly on Criminal Code reform, in which there was a possibility that legislators would approve the decriminalization of abortion in cases involving rape, in Quito, Ecuador, on January 3, 2019.
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National Civil Registry Discriminates Against Same-Sex Relationships

(Washington, DC) – Bolivia’s national civil registry (Registro de Servicio Cívico, SERECÍ) has discriminated against a lesbian couple by rejecting their application to register their relationship as a union, Human Rights Watch said today. All civil…
The Constitutional Court of Bolivia (Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional).
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Investigations, Justice, Reparations Needed

(New York) – Thousands of children and adolescents have suffered school-related sexual violence in Ecuador since 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Ecuador has taken important steps to tackle the issue and expedite justice…
Evelyn Yucailla, 23, a survivor of school-related sexual violence and activist, holds a local newspaper from the city of Ambato, Ecuador. The frontpage headline reads: “Young teacher is guilty.”
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Charges Against Evo Morales, Others Appear Politically Motivated

(Washington, DC) – The interim government of Bolivia is abusing the justice system to persecute associates and supporters of former president Evo Morales, who himself faces terrorism charges that appear to be politically motivated, Human Rights Watch…
Former President of Bolivia Evo Morales attends a press conference at the journalists' club in Mexico City, Nov. 27, 2019. 
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High Court Rules Against Anti-LGBT Discrimination

(Washington, DC) – The national civil registry (Registro de Servicio Cívico, SERECÍ) of Bolivia should comply with a court ruling to register a same-sex couple’s relationship as a “free union,” Human Rights Watch said today. All civil registries in…
LGBT march during the International Day Against Homophobia in La Paz, Bolivia, in 2013. © AIZAR RALDES/AFP via Getty Images
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The National Assembly Needs to Approve Data Protection Law

(Washington, DC) – Ecuador should pass a Data Protection Law to ensure that the use of personal data to contain Covid-19 does not lead to violations of the right to privacy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Ecuadorean government is collecting and…
People wearing masks walk downtown amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Quito, Ecuador on Monday, June 29, 2020.
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Rules Grant Overly Broad Powers to Intervene in Protests, Apply Lethal Force

(Washington, DC) – A ministerial resolution in Ecuador to regulate participation of the armed forces in law enforcement operations could encourage the use of lethal force in circumstances that go beyond what international human rights standards allow…
Soldiers in riot gear arrive to reinforce authorities after street merchants protested the seizure of their merchandise by the municipal police of Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, May 21, 2020.
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Vague Language Can Be Misused to Quell Criticism

  (Washington, DC) – A decree the Bolivian government has issued to respond to the COVID-19 emergency includes an overly broad provision that authorities could use to prosecute those who criticize government policies, Human Rights Watch said…
Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Áñez addresses the nation at the presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.
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Protesters Killed, Journalists Threatened, Problematic Decree

(New York) – Bolivian authorities should repeal a November 15, 2019 decree granting the military overly broad discretion to use force, and stop harassing independent journalists and government opponents, Human Rights Watch said today. Nine people…
A demonstrator holds a Wiphala flag in front of soldiers blocking a street in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
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Organization of American States Should Continue Playing Leadership Role

(New York) – The Organization of American States (OAS) members meeting about the situation in Bolivia on November 12, 2019 should send a strong message to Bolivian authorities to ensure full respect for people’s basic human rights, Human Rights…
Anti-government protesters against the reelection of President Evo Morales gather just meters away from the presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia, on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
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Ensure Thorough, Impartial Inquiries into Violence by Both Sides

(Washington, DC) —Ecuadorian authorities should investigate and hold accountable demonstrators who committed serious acts of violence and members of security forces who responded with excessive force during ongoing anti-…
Anti-government demonstrators chant slogans against President Lenin Moreno and his economic policies during a protest in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.
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Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019 Honorable Justice Hernán Salgado Pesantes President of the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court Quito – ECUADOR Case: 0014-19-IN Subject: Human Rights Watch Amicus curiae on Venezuelan…
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Human Rights Watch Files Amicus Brief Before Constitutional Court

(Washington, DC) – The Constitutional Court of Ecuador should uphold the rights of Venezuelans who have fled to Ecuador, Human Rights Watch said in an amicus brief filed before the court today. The court is scheduled to hold a hearing…
Venezuelans who do not have passports walk on the Pan American Highway after crossing the Rumichaca International Bridge from Colombia, before reaching another migration check-point, in Rumichaca, Ecuador, Sunday, August 19, 2018.
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Honorable Justice Hernán Salgado Pesantes Ecuadorian Constitutional Court Quito – Ecuador Case: 0011-18-CN José Miguel Vivanco, on behalf of Human Rights Watch, located at 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor, New York, United…
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Assembly Should Ease Abortion Laws

(Washington, DC) – Ecuador’s National Assembly should decriminalize abortion for survivors of rape, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of a planned presentation to the Assembly’s Justice Commission via Skype. José Miguel Vivanco,…
A green handkerchief with the hashtags #DéjameDecidir (let me decide) and #AbortoPorViolación (abortion in cases of rape) has become emblematic of the campaign for the decriminalization of abortion in Ecuador.
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Entitled to Consultation on Communal Ownership

  (Washington, DC) – A draft law before the Antigua and Barbuda Senate would deprive Barbudans of communal land where they have lived for generations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Antigua and Barbuda government should consult with the…
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Human Rights Watch recognizes important steps forward, pending challenges

(Quito) – President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador met on May 29, 2018 with a Human Rights Watch delegation in Quito to discuss the status of human rights in the country and his government’s foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said today. “During his first…
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Strong Evidence of Intimidation, Retaliatory Firings of Judges Under Correa

(Washington, DC) – Ecuadorean authorities should conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into credible allegations of political interference in the judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today. Evidence indicates that high-level…
A general view of the main room in Ecuador's National Court, February 15, 2012.
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Indigenous Leaders Could Be Jailed on Unsubstantiated Charges

(New York) – The government of former President Rafael Correa abused the criminal justice system to target indigenous leaders and environmentalists who protested mining and oil exploration in the Amazon, Human Rights Watch said in a…
Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president.
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Repeal Colonial-Era Laws

(Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018) – Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
Jason (pseudonym), a 40-year-old gay man from Barbados.