Ecuador Complains About State Dept. Human Rights and Drugs Reports

Breaking with yet another tradition, Donald Trump's Secretary of State couldn't be bothered to personally appear for the release of the State Department's annual report on human rights.

“It’s just signaling a lack of basic interest and understanding in how support for human rights reflects what’s best about America,” said Rob Berschinski, senior vice-president for policy at Human Rights First.

Ecuador is blasting the report, saying the accusations against it are unfounded. In an official release, essentially telling the U.S. to examine abuses within its own borders before casting aspersions on others, it makes a few good points:

[Ecuador] urges the United States government to listen to the constant calls of the international community to put an end to the grave threat to Human Rights that it has exposed to thousands of citizens in situations of human mobility in its territory, As well as to eradicate systematic practices of illegal detention, lack of judicial processes and torture in the Guantanamo prison; Continued use of the death penalty; The illegal and criminal blockade of Cuba; The use of unmanned aircraft to assassinate hundreds of citizens around the world, among other serious situations.

It also chides the U.S. for not joining the treaties that protect human rights, including:

the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention On the Rights of the Child, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the American Convention on Human Rights

Ecuador is also angry about the State Department's just released "Report on the International Narcotics Control Strategy 2017", even though the report acknowledges the strides Ecuador has made fighting drugs and money laundering.

Ecuador does not grant legitimacy to the reports, on various subjects, periodically published by the United States Government, since it has no authority to issue criticisms, observations, recommendations or lists. This practice, which has a clear political intent, violates the principles of legal equality of States and non-intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign countries. (my emphasis)
Once again, Ecuador tells the U.S. to look in its own backyard before venturing into others.
In March 2016 Ecuador has been recognized by the United Nations Organization Against Crime and Crime (UNODC) as one of the ten most efficient countries in the fight against illicit drug trafficking in the world. According to the above mentioned agency, Ecuador is the second country in South America in cocaine seizures, which represents 10% of the total seized in South America.

Ecuador has become an international benchmark because it is the first country that has promoted, through a popular consultation approved mainly, concrete actions against tax havens and corruption, by not allowing public officials to have assets or assets in Jurisdiction.

Unlike Ecuador's efforts, several jurisdictions in the United States are considered tax havens because of their lax fiscal policy and the abuse of bank secrecy. The Government of Ecuador calls on the US Government to stop the harmful practice of issuing unilateral reports that undermine national sovereignty and do not contribute to strengthening the necessary cooperation between the two states to pursue transnational crimes. (my emphasis)

Ecuador (justifiably in my view)] chides the U.S. for its failed, punitive approach to the war on drugs which has failed to reduced demand in the U.S.

In particular, in the area of ​​combating illicit drug trafficking, State Department assertions are particularly serious considering that the United States are the main world market for the consumption of narcotic substances and that the authorities of that country are not able to control the immense demand of narcotics, which exert great pressure on the producing and transit countries.. The Government of Ecuador encourages the US authorities to take the approach of common and shared responsibilities to comprehensively address the drug problem in the region.

Faced with the repressive and clearly ineffective approach of the United States Government, Ecuador addresses the drug problem from a comprehensive public health perspective, and not only as a security issue, with emphasis on prevention, education and research Scientific basis.

Ecuador has been having a tough time getting the U.S. to extradite former Ecuadorian officials to face corruption charges.

The Government of Ecuador strongly encourages the United States to take action at the federal and state levels against laxity in tax legislation and against banking secrecy, factors that facilitate illicit capital flows, evasion and tax avoidance And money laundering.

Equally, the Government of Ecuador commits the Government of the United States to collaborate with Ecuador in its fight against money laundering and to return protected refugees in the United States, which constitutes a clear obstruction To Ecuadorian justice and an inadmissible promotion of corruption and impunity.

I don't know anything about whomever it is the U.S. is refusing to extradite back to Ecuador, but I do think the U.S., and the State Department in particular, needs to be nicer to Ecuador. It has been rated for years as a top choice for U.S. retirees whose sole or primary income is social security. It has modern and very good medical care which it extends to U.S. citizens who retire there for a very small price.

Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar for currency, and the constitution guarantees foreigners the same property rights as citizens.....A state-sponsored health plan available to Ecuadoreans and expats alike costs less than $80 a month for a married couple. Under this plan, care is free if you use the state-sponsored hospitals and clinics.
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    by Ga6thDem on Mon Mar 06, 2017 at 04:45:51 AM EST
    it's a complete mess at foggy bottom. Tillerson has no clue what he's doing it seems.

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    by Chuck0 on Mon Mar 06, 2017 at 10:32:08 AM EST
    The US has no Ambassadors in a large part of the world. Todd Chapman, appointed by Obama, is still in place in Ecuador. But we have no Ambassadors to most of Europe, none to most international organizations outside the UN. This administration is a train wreck. I would surmise that the US is a laughingstock in most of the 1st world countries.

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    by Jeralyn on Sun Mar 12, 2017 at 03:00:28 AM EST
    off topic comments. This thread is about Ecuador and the state dept reports on human rights and drugs.