Ecuador acknowledges its partial responsibility in the Tagaeri Taromenane case

The Ecuadorian State lamented the deaths of members of the Tagaeri and Taromenane peoples in 2003 and 2006 and recognized its partial responsibility for lack of diligence in criminal investigations.

The Legal Undersecretary General of the Presidency, Marcos Miranda, presented before the public hearing of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IA Court) an acknowledgment of partial international responsibility.

Miranda pointed out that the Ecuadorian State “deeply regrets the violent deaths of members of the Tagaeri and Taromenane peoples that occurred in 2003 and 2006”, during the hearing that took place in Brasilia on Tuesday, August 23, 2022,

In addition, he acknowledged his partial international responsibility for lack of due diligence in criminal investigations, in relation to those facts.

“They were ineffective, and prevented the facts from being fully clarified, all possible responsibilities identified, and the corresponding sanctions imposed.”

The official spoke about the events of 2003 and the unjustified renunciation of the State’s punitive power. And he stated that, during the current government, he once again signed a friendly settlement agreement before the Inter-American Court, -in the Huacón Baidal case- for the first time in the last 20 years. An agreement that has already been fulfilled and has repaired the victims.

Finally, Miranda indicated that the case requires clarity of the facts, technical and legal precision regarding the activities carried out, and recognition of the territory.

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