On the occasion of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on the morning of this Monday, December 10, the march-festival for Human Rights was held in Guayaquil, which brought together dozens of groups to defend life of the rights of nature, women, senior citizens, nationalities, ancestral people, LGBT among others.
The walk, organized by the Ombudsman’s Office and the Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, began at 10:00 from Centennial Park and ended in San Francisco Square (October 9 and Pedro Carbo), where a stage waiting to start the festival.
During the tour of six streets, the different groups raised banners to expose the irdemands. Groups of retirees demanded respect for the Law of the Elderly; people evicted from irregular settlements demanded that their right to housing be guaranteed, while relatives and friends of disappeared people demanded that their loved ones not be forgotten.
Marco Pacheco, coordinator of the Ombudsman’s Office, stressed that “it is a day to remember that all living beings – humans and animals – and nature have rights, that we all have dignity, equality and freedom.”
One of the participating foundations was Paz y Esperanza, which offers legal and humanitarian assistance to victims of rights violations. Its director, José Vinces, stressed that a subject that requires immediate attention is human mobility. “The exodus of Venezuelans has to be discussed in depth, we must understand that Ecuador is not only a country of transit, but of permanence,and that we must learn to live together.”
Another present foundation was María Guare, which promotes the rights of women and the family. Beatriz Bordes, its president, denounced that since 2014, which was typified by femicide in the COIP, to date, 572 women have died for this crime. (I)