UN condemns killing of presidential candidate in Ecuador

Fernando Villavicencio, 59, was shot lifeless after leaving a marketing campaign occasion within the capital, Quito, on Wednesday night, based on information experiences.

The assault occurred simply two weeks earlier than the vote on 20 August and amid a wave of violence and crime.

The UN Nation Crew referred to as for an investigation “in order that there is no such thing as a sense of impunity, and to redouble efforts to cease this wave of violence that’s sadly affecting all of the nation’s inhabitants,” stated UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq, talking in New York on Thursday.

From Geneva, UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, stated the incident underscored the challenges Ecuador and its individuals are dealing with amid the violence. 

“I urge the authorities to extend their efforts to strengthen safety measures for political candidates, public officers and journalists, and to guard individuals’s lives and private integrity in step with worldwide human rights requirements to keep away from the repetition of such a tragic crime,” he added.

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