Ecuador: Regional representative carried out human rights activities

25 de February, 2018

SANTIAGO (25 February 2018) – The regional representative a.i. of the Regional Office for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-South America), Mr. Guillermo Fernández Maldonado, carried out a visit to Ecuador from 21 to 23 February.

During his mission, the regional representative held meetings with State authorities, representatives of civil society organizations and the academy, as well as with representatives of the United Nations System in Ecuador.

During his meeting with authorities of the National Secretariat of Planning and Development (SENPLADES), both institutions identified possible lines of technical cooperation, which will give continuity to the Ecuadorian experience of linking national development planning with human rights.

Mr. Fernández Maldonado also held meetings with representatives from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of the main issues addressed during the meetings was following-up on the recommendations of the human rights mechanism and particularly the national Information System on Human Rights (SIDERECHOS), presented to the public in 2014. They also discussed the advantages of receiving -in an innovative and flexible way- the advice and expertise of special procedures, according to their role of supporting the States to fulfil their obligations in human rights matters.

The regional representative also discussed with authorities of the Ombudsman’s office to address the general situation in Ecuador and the main current challenges in terms of human rights. 

Mr. Fernández Maldonado held several meetings with civil society representatives, for example of the Platform for the Defence of Democracy and Human Rights, with leaders of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities in Ecuador and other organizations associated to the subject of social participation, defence of territories and environment, protection of human rights defenders, among other topics. In addition, a specific meeting was held to address gender issues with women’s organizations and LGBTI people. 

Finally, the OHCHR representative participated in a workshop with the UN Country Team in Ecuador on the formulation of the new United Nations Cooperation Framework for the next four years, which ratified the importance of incorporating a human rights approach in the diagnosis, planning and implementation of the work carried out by the agencies, funds and programs of the UN System in the country.



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