Target: President Rafael Correa
Goal: Strike down anti-immigration bill that violates numerous international human rights laws
The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, recently ordered for a change in the country’s asylum procedures. Ecuador has the highest number of registered refugees in South America at approximately 56,000, according to human rights organizations. Presidential Decree 1182, as it is known, violates international human rights treaties by narrowing the definition of who may seek asylum in Ecuador and granting local public officials overly broad powers to revoke refugee status. The government must do all that it can to strike down this decree.
Refugees should be given a chance to apply for asylum rather than be turned away by Ecuador. The President’s decision violates asylum seekers due process rights and will endanger other human rights. International law states that refugees should not be turned away or returned to a country where they might face persecution or torture. The decree will also make it difficult to apply for refugee status and will set high admissibility standards for acceptance. This gives authorities the power to exclude large groups of people and allows the authorities to revoke refugee status at any time.
The enforcement of these regulations would be a violation of Ecuadorian law as well the country’s international obligations. All refugees should be given a fair chance to apply for asylum in order to escape potential violence or persecution. Sign this petition to demand that the government of Ecuador immediately strike down Presidential Decree 1182 and ensure the safety of human rights in the country.
Dear President Correa,
Presidential Decree 1182 is a violation of international human rights laws. It is also a violation of numerous national laws. All refugees should be given a fair chance to apply for asylum in order to escape potential violence or persecution. I ask that you immediately rescind this decree. Doing so would show the international community, as well as the nearly 56,000 refugees in your country, that you respect human rights.
The fact that your country has already welcomed so many refugees shows that Ecuador has been a major pioneer for human rights in the region. Don’t tarnish your country’s history of compassion toward those in need. I ask that you do what is right and strike down Presidential Decree 1182.
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