UN suggests Ecuador re-study austerity measures

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They express their concern about the state of emergency declared on October 3.

The United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee expressed concern about the impact on the population of austerity measures implemented by President Lenin Moreno, following the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the elaboration of Prosperity Plan 2018-2021. In addition, they warn of the danger of suspending freedom of association, due to the current state of exception, and referred with concern to violence, vandalism and the disproportionate use of force.

Through a statement, they report that after analyzing the fourth periodic report of the country, the Committee issued a series of recommendations on Tuesday, among which is the previous evaluation of the effects on economic, social and cultural rights of any measure taken “ to respond to economic deterioration, with the aim of preventing the most disadvantaged groups from suffering disproportionately ”.

Similarly, they urged not to reduce public spending in education and health and to ensure a budget for social investment in the poorest people.

The Committee recognized the high levels of the fiscal deficit and the country’s indebtedness but insisted that austerity measures should be applied only when necessary and, in those cases, should be provided, consulted with the affected peoples and subjected to an independent review.

In addition, they point out that they should not cause discrimination and, instead, to seek to mitigate the inequalities that are generally exacerbated in times of crisis.

Source: Pichincha Universal

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