Friday, September 11, 2015
On the 4th of August 2015, EcuadorTransparente.org, a whistleblowing platform operated by the Associated Whistleblowing Press (AWP), published 31 different pieces of information from SENAIN, the Ecuadorian intelligence agency. The information, which ranges from 2012 to 2014, reveals that the agency systematically spied on politicians, journalists and activists on behalf of the government.

Some of the profiles published by EcuadorTransparente.org - which include several top level politicians such as the Mayor of the capital city, Quito, and other congressmen - demonstrates electronic surveillance of telephone calls and emails, apparently conducted without a warrant.

These reports, together with the Hacking Team revelations, indicate that the Ecuadorian government is spying on a wide range of individuals, including foreigners from the United States, Belgium and Germany in contravention of its own Constitution and international human rights standards.

The signatories of this letter come into public in order to:

  • Support AWP and Ecuador Transparente's staff and journalists involved in the release, as these revelations clearly constitute a matter of public interest and should be considered as healthy for country's democracy, freedom of expression and accountability.
  • Condemn the spying practices apparently being performed by the Ecuadorian government, as they constitute a very serious and dangerous precedent which can seriously harm Ecuador's democratic stability in the long run, as well as coerce political plurality and freedom of thought.
  • Advise the Ecuadorian government to stop such activities in order to reestablish the respect of its citizens' basic rights: the right to dissent, to freely associate and, above all, the right to personal privacy.

 

Source picture: Flickr Quito