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STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR EFRAIN BAUS, CHARGE D’AFFAIRES A.I., ON ASYLUM REQUEST BY EDWARD SNOWDEN

As has been reported, Mr. Edward Snowden has requested political asylum in Ecuador. This request will be reviewed responsibly, as are the many other asylum applications that Ecuador receives each year. The legal basis for each individual case must be rigorously established, in accordance with our national Constitution and the applicable national and international legal framework. This legal process takes human rights obligations into consideration as well. The Government of Ecuador has requested that the US submit its position regarding this applicant in writing so that it can be taken into consideration as part of our thorough review process.

This current situation is not being provoked by Ecuador.

As the Government of Ecuador carries out its obligations, the Embassy of Ecuador strongly rejects recent statements made by United States government officials containing detrimental, untrue, and unproductive claims about Ecuador.

Ecuador has signed all the human rights instruments of the Hemisphere and is fully committed to the rule of law and the fundamental principles of international law.

Washington DC
June 26, 2013