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Everyone has the right to freedom of thought and expression. This right includes freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing, in print, in the form of art, or through any other medium of one's choice

Article 13 of the American Convention of Human Rights

Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Office of the Special Rapporteur promotes actions to guarantee freedom of expression in Ecuador

Within the framework of its mandate to stimulate freedom of expression, the Office of the Special Rapporteur is developing a series of special actions to promote the right to freedom of expression in Ecuador.

On July 26th, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Office of the Special Rapporteur, installed a Special Follow-Up Team (“ESE" by its Spanish acronym) for the investigation of the case of journalists Javier Ortega Reyes, Paúl Rivas Bravo and Efraín Segarra, of “El Comercio”, who were kidnapped in April on the border of Ecuador and Colombia, and whose bodies were found in Colombian territory weeks later.

The ESE aims to provide technical advice and monitoring in the progress of the investigation and punishment of those responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the journalists; accompany the comprehensive care plan of the victims and relatives, and keep them informed of the process; technical advice and monitoring in the compliance of state obligations regarding access to information and the truth of what happened to the Ecuadorian society, as well as to family members; advise and support the State in the adoption of structural measures wherever possible and avoid their repetition.

In addition, the Office of the Special Rapporteur analyzed the draft amendment to Ecuador’s Organic Law of Communication (LOC for its acronym in Spanish), introduced to the National Assembly by the executive branch. On July 25th, the Special Rapporteur presented a document with observations and recommendations to the bill (Available only in Spanish), aligned with international standards on freedom of expression.

To accompany these initiatives and analyze the general situation of freedom of expression in Ecuador, the Office of the Special Rapporteur is organizing an official visit to the country, in response to an invitation by President Lenin Moreno. The visit will take place between August 20th and 24th and will include the participation of civil society, media, journalists and activists who were victims of violations of freedom of expression during the previous term of office.

The Rapporteur will also meet with the president and authorities of the three branches of the government.

 

Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
1889 F St. NW 
Washington D.C. 20006 
USA

Telephone: +1 202 370 0816 
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