Complete transcript of Ecuador's Various Responses!Submitted by healthnut4freedom on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 12:29
From an email I received from a fellow expat fluent in Spanish. This is amazing. I am about falling over!! This has to go far and wide. I love living in Ecuador!
"You need a reality check. Don't act like such a spoiled rude child. Here you will only find dignity and sovereignty. We haven't ever invaded anyone. Here we don't torture like in Guantanamo. Here we don't have drones killing alleged terrorists without any due trial, killing also the women and children of those supposed terrorists. So don't come lecturing us about life, law, dignity, or liberty. You don't have the moral right to do so."
Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador
In an extraordinary news conference on June 24th, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño read out Edward Snowden's letter requesting political asylum:
After reading parts of the letter, Patiño then addressed reporters saying that Ecuador acts based on principles “enshrined in its constitution and the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and “the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be placed by Ecuador’s government over any other interests that may be planted or by pressures that might be exerted.... The man who is trying to shine a light and give transparency about acts that affect the fundamental liberty of all people is now being pursued by those who should be explaining themselves to governments and to the citizens of the world about the accusation presented by Mr. Snowden. But it’s a paradox of life that now the whistleblower is being chased by the accused.”
The National Secretary of Communication, Fernando Alvarado today, Thursday June 27th 2013, informed the international press that Ecuador waives tariff preferences with the United States in response to external pressures (including corporate and foreign press) attempting to undermine national sovereignty about various geopolitical situations including: the haven granted to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks; the ongoing analysis of the application for asylum in Ecuador from Edward Snowden, former CIA technician; and, sovereign bilateral relations with Nations that are considered "enemies" of the United States.
The National Secretary of Communication states:
"Facing the insolence and arrogance of certain political sectors, groups, media and American powers that have used as a threat their push to refuse us preferential treatment regarding US tariffs - specifically ATPDEA (acronym in English for Andean Trade Preferences)- our country, Ecuador declares that:"
"Ecuador does not accept pressures or threats from anyone... the tariff preferences (have become) a new instrument of blackmail. Ecuador waives these preferential tariff deals unilaterally and irrevocably."
"What's more, Ecuador offers the United States an economic aid package of $23 million annually - an amount similar to what we had been receiving with that trade benefit. This, with the intention of helping to provide education and training to the USA about human rights which can contribute to ending attacks on the privacy of persons, and torture, extrajudicial executions and other acts that denigrate humanity."
"In fact Ecuador is one of only seven American countries that has ratified all inter-American human rights instruments, so we also request, with all due respect, that the United States ratify at least some of them, starting with the Inter-American Convention of human rights, or Pact of San José, which is the basis of the Inter-American system of human rights."
"We understand that there must be mechanisms for the fight against terrorism, but we can't allow that human rights and the sovereignty of peoples be destroyed in this endeavour."
"We express affection, appreciation, and respect for the American people, with whom we have always had excellent relations and we sympathize with them for the massive espionage which that citizenry suffers also."
"Finally, we would have loved that with the same urgency which is demanded of us to deliver to them Mr. Snowden in the case of his entering onto Ecuadoran soil, as was politely requested in communication POL 081/2013 from the Embassy of United States in Ecuador, that we could have had delivered to us the many fugitives from Ecuadorian justice who are now refugees in the United States, particularly the corrupt bankers who intentionally collapsed the country economically in 1999 and whose extradition to Ecuador has been repeatedly denied by the United States."
The processing of Snowden's request will not be completed until he is on the soil or in the Embassy of Ecuador.
The USA hasn't signed many international human rights treaties that Ecuador has - including important treaties of the Organization of American States like the treaty prohibiting forced disappearances. Ecuador has ratified this treaty and the US has not. http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/Sigs/a-60.html
And there's the treaty to eliminate and punish the use of torture, http://www.oas.org/juridico/English/sigs/a-51.html, as well as the American Convention on Human Rights (Pact of San Jose), which severely restricts the use of the death penalty. Ecuador has ratified these and the US has not. So Ecuador can not, by law, turn a protected refugee over to a country where execution might be the punishment for warning the public. Spying may be acceptable and taken for granted by many US Americans, so it's not really a surprising abuse of these citizen's confidence, but the worldwide scope of the data-collecting programs that has been revealed is not good for international relations.
Ecuador's bold experiment in participatory democracy must feel very threatening to some powerful interests. Ecuador is pushing forward with democratically decided socialist programs which have received support from the public in a series of seven consecutive popular-vote victories. What Correa says is the real reason things are going so well is that Ecuador is a very poor student of the western economic model.
Obviously what Snowden did is technically illegal in every country including Ecuador - but if an act is to be judged fairly it seems that the greater good should be weighed in. If any act is to be judged fairly it seems that the greater good should be weighed in.
$23 Million dollar program for US human rights education. Wish that could be enough." Translations with some editing by DanDelgado86@gmail.com for CCC - all relevant rights reserved.