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STATEMENT BY THE EMBASSY OF ECUADOR IN THE UNITED STATES REGARDING THE 2013 U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

Ecuador is proud of the progress we have made in recent years to improve the quality of life and safeguard the basic human rights of our citizens. These accomplishments include lifting more than one million people out of poverty; giving hundreds of thousands of children access to quality education; providing improved health care and social services to all; strengthening and reforming our judicial system; establishing a stable democratic electoral process for the first time in decades; promoting transparency, ethics, and professionalism in our media, and; giving a greater voice to women, children, the disabled, indigenous populations, and other members of society who were once marginalized.

While there is undeniably much more work that still needs to be done, our achievements have been recognized domestically and internationally, and have placed our country firmly on the path to ensuring the sustainable development of all our people.

In Ecuador, we are committed to a broad and comprehensive view of human rights, which is why we have signed and adhere to every applicable international treaty and convention on human rights–several of which the United States has not.

Rather than judge us, we encourage the U.S. to work with Ecuador and the entire international community as equals on constructive dialogue that can establish a truly effective framework to protect the human rights of all. Ecuador continues to be committed to focusing our energy and resources on this goal, and we welcome all partners looking to engage in a fair, balanced, and open global conversation.