During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on cultural rights, 2010
Received Sub-Committee visit
Ecuador tabled an impressive list of voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2010-2013 on 5 April 2010.
At international level, Ecuador pledged to: work closely with OHCHR to investigate alleged human rights violations; present, sponsor and support draft resolutions condemning violations of human rights in any part of the world; maintain a Standing Invitation for Special Procedures; maintain an open invitation for mechanisms of the Inter-American system; support the adoption of new international instruments; and strengthen follow-up to international commitments (i.e. reporting); and ratify the OP-CAT and the CPED.
Domestically, Ecuador made a range of commitments, including to: strengthen inter-institutional coordination to implement and follow-up on UN human rights recommendations and obligations; to evaluate the National Human Rights Action Plan to incorporate international-level commitments; revise the Penal Code; adopt an anti-discrimination act; design a new approach to the reintegration of detainees; build seven new prisons; create on-going training programmes for public officials; effectively implement the national plan to combat human trafficking; adopt the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on indigenous rights; promote the rights of children; promote the rights of the elderly; promote women’s rights and eradicate gender based violence; follow-up on projects under the National Human Development Plan for Migration; fully implement the CRPD; establish a Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Unit within the national police; and conduct human rights training and capacity building courses.
An analysis of steps taken by Ecuador in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it does maintain a Standing Invitation, and has facilitated 15 of 20 Special Procedures visits. Ecuador has also responded to all of the communications it received (21). Ecuador demonstrates similarly high levels of cooperation with the UPR (it was represented at vice-presidential level, and has presented a mid-term report). In terms of cooperation with Treaty Bodies, Ecuador is Party to all the core conventions. It submitted three of its periodic reports late and is on schedule for reporting on four others (ICESCR, CRC, CERD and CRPD). Ecuador participated in around half of all debates at the Council. It ratified the CPED in 2009, and OP-CAT in 2010.