Lawmaker Ester Cuesta recalled that the use of force by the police was associated with violations of the rights of children, adolescents, pregnant women, and older adults.
On Tuesday, the National Assembly asked the the Ombudsman's Office to set up a "Truth Commission" to investigate what happened during the national strike, which was called by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE).
This special investigation will have as its objectives "to establish truth, justice and reparation for all possible victims who show evidence of possible violations of human rights and, consequently, achieve national reconciliation."
The lawmakers recommended that the Truth Commission be made up of independent experts representing civil society organizations, human rights organizations, academics, churches, and professional associations.
The parliamentary resolution was proposed by a member of the Union for Hope (UNES) party Ester Cuesta, who recalled that the use of force by the police was associated with violations of the rights of children, adolescents, pregnant women, and older adults.
�� #ATENCIÓN | Video que circula en redes sociales muestra el momento en que varios policías atacan a un morador de #Calderón, en la puerta de su casa. Los uniformados lo arrastraron fuera de su vivienda para continuar golpeándolo. pic.twitter.com/mLVyzTrb0y— Radio Pichincha (@radio_pichincha) June 30, 2022
The tweet reads, "The video shows the moment when several police officers attacked a Calderon resident at the door of his house. The uniformed officers dragged him out of his house to continue beating him."
The National Assembly asked the Ombudsman to submit its report within a period not exceeding 90 days. It also urged judges to avoid criminalizing social protest in legal proceedings against citizens who participated in the national strike.
In this regard, the Ecuadorian lawmakers asked the Ombudsman's Office to monitor the proper compliance with judicial or administrative processes in all cases related to the protests. They requested the Constitutional Guarantees Commission to submit a report within 30 days on the status of the agreements reached between the government and and social organizations.
From June 13 to 30, CONAIE led massive protests in rejection of the Lasso administration's neoliberal policies, among which are the privatization of public assets, the increase in prices of fuels, the deregulation of interest rates, and budget cuts for health and education services.
#Ecuador | Indigenous leader Leonidas Iza will face a trial for the alleged crime of shutting down public services. pic.twitter.com/EgG8D09nrE— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) July 4, 2022