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Ecuador: Militarization of public security represents a risk to human rights

On September 12, President Guillermo Lasso presented Ecuadorian citizens with eight questions on citizen security, democratic strengthening, and the environment to promote a citizen consultation in 2023 that could lead to constitutional reforms.

This week, Ecuador's Constitutional Court will conduct a constitutional review of the questions, the first of which concerns the deployment of the armed forces for public security tasks.

In this regard, Erika Guevara Rosas, Amnesty International's Director for the Americas, said the following:

"Referendums and popular consultations should not be a tool to violate a state's international human rights obligations.

"Human rights obligations cannot . . .

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