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El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana
The Conquistador who put the Amazaon baisn "on the map"....Francisco Orellana
Monday, January 20, 2014
President Correa: hanging tough on the international issues of drilling and abortion....
Ecuador's Correa rebukes 'intrusions' by UN, Americas court
QUITO: Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Saturday rebuked
requests by major international bodies for clarification on his
anti-abortion position and decision to extract oil from an Amazon
The president revealed that his government had received letters from
the UN and Inter-American Court of Human Rights pressing him on the
matters, which he says are domestic.
Speaking on his weekly radio and television program, Correa said the
inter-American court had inquired into the government’s controversial
plans to extract oil in Yasuni Park.
The move is opposed by environmentalists and indigenous groups hoping to protect the UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Correa also said that a UN rapporteur had sent him a request to explain his anti-abortion position.
Last year Correa threatened to leave his majority-holding party if Congress decriminalized abortion in all cases of rape.
“Gentlemen, go mind your business and not the affairs of a sovereign country like Ecuador,” Correa said.
He also pointed to what he said was interference by the UN’s
International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in Uruguay’s recent
decision to regulate the production and sale of marijuana. The body has
said Uruguay’s move breaks international law.
But, Correa said, there was a lack of international criticism over
legalised marijuana use in the United States where the states of
Washington and Colorado have permitted citizens to use the drug
“It’s a terrible double standard; they treat us like colonies,” the
president, a leftist and economist by training, said. Her urged his
countrymen to free themselves from “illegitimate and illegal intrusions
by this international bureaucracy.” AFP