Ecuador: Poll reports 7.5% in a pool of students feel safe expressing their thoughts on the government

Posted on June 26, 2015 • Filed under: Ecuador, Politics Salazar (opinion)

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent” — Abraham Lincoln. Freedom of expression is closely linked to the rights to freedom of conscience, freedom of assembly, right to individual or collective property, right to protection against arbitrary interference on private life, and several others. Having said that, freedom of expression should be a real practice in Ecuador because the right to freedom of opinion and expression is fundamental to every human being and is regarded as essential in societies where democracy reigns.

This right is expressed in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even so, this right has commonly been the first to be restricted in dictatorial forms of State, in which it is only permitted to give an opinion if it agrees with the ideas of the government. If this is not the case, the author of that opinion is punishable in any way deemed appropriate by said government. How can a nation grow ideologically and otherwise if its leader won’t hear the people? People who supposedly live in democracy and yet cannot suggest changes or submit complaints when a feeling of injustice arises? People have a right to express themselves without being punished because of what they say and without the ability to speak freely, denounce injustice and demand change, man is doomed to oppression. Read Article


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