UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Ecuador (CAT 11-01-2016)

The Committee against Torture considered the seventh periodic report of Ecuador (CAT/C/ECU/7) at its 1462nd and 1465th meetings (see CAT/C/SR.1462 and 1465), held on 8 and 9 November 2016, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 1490th meeting, held on 28 November 2016.

Concluding observations

Positive aspects

  1. The Committee commends the State party’s efforts to adjust its policies and procedures in order to ensure greater protection for human rights and to apply the Convention, in particular:

(a) The implementation of a plan to provide training to the armed forces in the prevention of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;

(b) The adoption of a protocol for the treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community who are deprived of their liberty (Ministerial Agreement No. 1265 of 4 July 2016);

(c) The adoption of regulations on prison labour (Ministerial Agreement No. MDT-2005-0004 of 22 May 2015);

(d) The transfer of the management and delivery of prison health services to the Ministry of Public Health, pursuant to Interministerial Agreement No. 00004906 of 26 June 2014;

(e) The updating, in 2014, of the National Plan for the Eradication of Gender Violence against Children, Adolescents and Women and the adoption of an action plan for the period 2015-2017;

(f) The adoption of the National Plan for Good Living (Plan Nacional para el Buen Vivir) 2009-2013.

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