President Correa calls on the region to adopt “convincing speech” in the face of Trump's migration policy

Demonstrations have taken place in the United States against Trump’s policies. Photo: AFP

Quito, Jan 3 (Andes).- Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa called on countries of the region to join forces and “have a position as bloc” to tackle the “inhumane” policies “that attempt against human rights and human mobility” adopted by US president Donald Trump.

“We lack a convincing speech, Europe is setting an example on this matter even when it is less harmed than we are,” he said during a briefing at the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in Quito.

Previously, in his last speech as secretary general of UNASUR, Ernesto Samper also urged upon the region to adopt an appropriate, proportional and sovereign strategy because tomorrow will be late.”

“The first announcements and orders of the US administration oblige us to think without hysteria that we are before a complicated strategic threat for South America,” he affirmed when presenting his work’s report after two years and a half as head of the bloc.

Ecuador’s stance about the conflict between Palestine and Israel

The Ecuadorian president ratified Thursday his government’s support to Palestine on its conflict with Israel seeking their independence. “We’ve always defended Palestine and as long as I am president the government’s stance will not change,” he affirmed.

He said he admires Israel for being a nation that “made the dessert blossom” and added it has “the world’s greatest per capita innovation” but made clear he does not share its international policy especially about Palestine.

“In many cases, Israel contradicts itself, they suffered from being oppressed by Nazism but sometimes they apply repressive policies, in this case, against Palestine,” he said when supporting its United Nations ambassador Horacio Sevilla.

Previously, Sevilla said that nowadays the closest thing to persecution and Nazi murders against the Jew is “what the imperialism and Zionism commit against the Palestine people.”

“I don’t think there is nothing wrong with making comparisons, perhaps people in Israel can be offended by mentioning Nazism, we do understand that, but it is clear that we strongly need to reject Israel’s policies, especially those against Palestine which affect international right and human rights,” Correa said.

More than half a century ago, the Israeli government’s expansionist policies have obliged the forced exile of at least 2 million Palestinians, since their country has been left with 12% of their historic territory.

According to pro-human rights organizations, about 7.000 Palestinians, 400 of them young people, live in subhuman conditions in Israeli prisons that lack rights like water, food, medical care, education, regular visits and legal defense.

De acuerdo con organizaciones defensoras de derechos humanos, unos 7.000 palestinos, 400 de ellos menores de edad, viven en condiciones infrahumanas en prisiones israelíes, carentes de derechos como agua, alimentos, atención médica, educación, visitas regulares y defensa jurídica.