Human Rights Foundation accuses Correa of HR abuses
From HR Foundation website:
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) released a letter yesterday in response to the accusations made by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa regarding a May 12 letter from HRF denouncing human rights violations. At that time, HRF condemned violations resulting from the Tax Equity Reform Law enacted by Ecuador’s Constituent Assembly, namely: restrictions of the right of citizens to take part in public affairs and restrictions of their rights to due process and access to justice.
In his response of May 20, President Correa accused HRF of defending the “interests of Ecuador’s oligarchies and political elites.” President Correa added that HRF’s work is an act of “insolence” since it “dares” to “revise” the current Ecuadorian constitutional reform system with a “clear ideological bias.” President Correa’s letter suggests that HRF dedicate its resources to “more legitimate causes, instead of defending particular interests.”
In the letter sent yesterday, HRF reminds President Correa that he has failed to respond to two other letters sent earlier this year (dated February 20 and March 18), in which HRF denounced numerous human rights violations perpetrated by “Ecuador’s political elites,” specifically the army and government officials. These violations include the arbitrary arrest and incarceration of Guadalupe Llori, Governor of Orellana, first imprisoned for terrorism charges which were dropped due to lack of evidence. She remains in prison on equally unsubstantiated charges of embezzlement. HRF believes that her continued imprisonment is a result of her expression of opinions critical of President Correa.