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90th Pre-Session

We write in advance of the 90th pre-session of the Committee on Rights of the Child and its adoption of a list of issues prior to reporting regarding Ecuador’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This submission includes information…
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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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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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Argentina's UPR adoption

During its 2014 Universal Periodic Review, Argentina committed itself to examining a series of recommendations regarding women’s access to reproductive rights in the country. These included recommendations to take steps to ensure that no woman or girl is…
A banner that reads, "Not another (woman) less" is seen outside the Congress during a demonstration against femicides and violence against women in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 3, 2017
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Item 6 UPR adoption

Unlike his predecessor Rafael Correa, President Lenin Moreno has, since taking office in May 2017, publicly endorsed respect for free speech and civil society. The Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Ministry, however, appears to be adopting positions that are…
Demonstrators clash with a riot police officer during a protest in Quito, Ecuador, on December 3, 2015, as the Ecuadorean National Assembly attended the second debate about constitutional amendments.
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Canada’s Supreme Court on June 28, 2017 upheld a lower court’s injunction to require Google to delist web pages from a company that had been copying and selling a product belonging to Equustek Solutions Inc.. Google had already delisted all the company’s…
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PRESENTS AMICUS CURIAE José Miguel Vivanco presents this amicus brief to the Constitutional Court in the case with file number 9304-2014-19-AIA on behalf of Human Rights Watch, located at 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10118-3299.…
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I. Introduction The issue presented before the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court in this case[1] is whether Presidential Decree 1182 violates the Ecuadorian Constitution.[2] Specifically, among other issues, the honorable Court is asked to consider whether…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

Updated in September 2014 - Updates are in bold. I. Summary Long-standing problems in Bolivia’s criminal justice system, such as extensive and arbitrary use of pre-trial detention and long delays in trials, undermine defendant’s rights and contribute to…
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Edgar Vaca Faces Charges of Crimes Against Humanity

The detention of a former police commander wanted by Ecuador for crimes against humanity is a positive step, Human rights Watch said today. Edgar Vaca, police commander during the presidency of León Febres Cordero, from 1984 to 1988, was detained in…
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Milani Implicated in Abuses During Dictatorship

  The Argentine Senate promoted Maj. Gen. César Milani, the commander in chief of the Armed Forces, to lieutenant general on December 18, 2013, despite allegations by victims and human rights groups that he had participated in serious human rights abuses…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

I. Summary In a referendum held in May 2011, President Rafael Correa obtained a popular mandate to reform the Ecuadorian justice system, a recommendation accepted by Ecuador during the previous UPR cycle. However, the language of the approved reforms…
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Argument to the Supreme Court of Argentina on International Standards on Juvenile Detention

Human Rights Watch filed an amicus brief in the case of García Méndez, Emilio and Musa, Laura Cristina s/case No. 7537 that is now before the Supreme Court of Argentina. We argue that the system by which Argentine judges authorize the detention of…