Ecuador rejects free expression complaints from human rights commission

Last week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) released a report criticizing the use of libel laws in Ecuador to silence critical speech, prompting Ecuador to reject the report, saying the commission was acting outside of its jurisdiction, Terra reports.

The foreign ministry denounced what it said was an attempt by the IACHR, an organ of the Organization of American States, to “interfere in the internal affairs” of the country.

The report echoed criticism from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and Human Rights Watch (HRW) about $90 million in lawsuits filed by President Rafael Correa against three critical journalists.

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Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.