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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…

Latest Move Shows Government’s Disregard for Victims

(Nairobi) – Burundi has taken a major step backward by officially withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch said today. Other African ICC members should distance themselves from Burundi’s withdrawal and affirm their support for…
Residents outside their houses in Nyakabiga, in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, look at the body of a man shot dead on December 11, 2015.

Financial Crisis Threatens Basic Protections

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A protester holds up a sign next to relatives of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College Raul Isidro Burgos during a march in Mexico City

Excessive Use of Force, Arbitrary Detentions, Illegal Home Searches

(New York) – Ecuadorian security forces used excessive force to disperse anti-government protests in August 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities appear to have made no serious effort to investigate officials who committed abuses. Instead,…
Ecuador: crackdown on protesters

Government Moves to Silence Organization Over Tweets

(New York) – The Correa administration is moving to shut down Ecuador’s leading media freedom group, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately end its attacks on the country’s independent human rights organizations.

Apply New Rules to Overturn Groundless Convictions

(New York) – People facing jail terms in Ecuador for participating in anti-government protests can appeal under a new law, but the courts have repeatedly stalled on hearing their cases. The convictions are based on overly broad definitions of crimes that…
Correa speaks on Human Rights at Inter-American Convention on Human Rights in Guayaquil

Decriminalize Abortion for Rape, Incest, and Severe Fetal Impairment

(Washington, DC) – Ecuador’s National Assembly should decriminalize abortion in line with recommendations made by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president of the assembly’s Justice Commission. In February 2015, the UN…

Excessive Force, Due Process Violations, Limits to Free Speech

(New York) – Security forces used excessive force to disperse largely peaceful demonstrations in Quito, Ecuador on September 17 and 18, 2014, arbitrarily detaining and beating protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Based on interviews and written…

Provisions Would Undermine Basic Rights

(Washington, DC) – The National Assembly should modify provisions in its constitutional reform proposal to ensure that it respects Ecuador’s international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 26, 2014, the president of the…

South American Countries Should Speak Out on Excessive Use of Force

(New York) – Member states of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) should press the Venezuelan government to immediately address the serious human rights problems the country is facing, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to several Latin…