The Government of Ecuador rejects the dissemination of names and photos of missing Ecuadorians on the US border
Posted On 02 May 2019
The Chancellery of Ecuador rejected the dissemination of names and images of Ecuadorians missing on the border with the United States (USA). He assured that these actions "are irresponsible, create false alarms and do not carry enough sensitivity that this type of situation deserves, since it is played with the pain of the relatives of the disappeared compatriots". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility also confirmed that it is expediting the process of identifying the two bodies of the compatriots to determine if they correspond to the citizens Luis Quezada and Héctor González.
Below we present, in full, the statements made by the Foreign Ministry:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, in relation to the cases of alleged disappearance of several Ecuadorian citizens in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Laredo-Mexico, who, led by human traffickers, would have disappeared and others died while attempting to cross the Rio Grande, the night of last April 13, in its eagerness to reach the territory of the United States of America.
On this subject, the Consulate of Ecuador in Monterrey, which has consular jurisdiction in the area, is in charge of the corresponding procedures before the Mexican authorities to expedite the identification process of the two bodies recovered in the Rio Grande in the town of Nuevo Laredo, and determine if they correspond to the Ecuadorian citizens notified as disappeared, Messrs. Luis Oswaldo Quezada Aguilar and Héctor Leonardo González Godoy, who, according to information from their relatives and witnesses, would have drowned in the aforementioned river.
By the same versions, it is known that the deceased citizens were accompanied by other Ecuadorian citizens, several of whom would have been kidnapped by the transnational organized crime that operates on the border between Mexico and the United States of America. At the moment, the relatives have presented in the zonal coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the search requests of two missing persons: Miryan Alicia Paguay Mejía and Sara Elizabeth Sagñay Sagñay. As for the rest of the citizens, their identities are unknown, for which family members are urged to go before the competent authorities to make the respective denunciations. (I)