Press Releases

    1 December 2005

    Secretary-General Welcomes Ecuador's New Court of Justice as Contribution to Strengthening Rule of Law, Protecting Human Rights

    NEW YORK, 30 November (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General welcomes the appointment of the new Court of Justice in Ecuador.  He has sent Angela Kane, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, as his representative to today's swearing-in ceremony in Quito.

    The Secretary-General notes that the selection of the judges to the Court of Justice was monitored by a group of international witnesses (veedores) from the Organization of American States, the Andean Community, and the United Nations, working in close consultation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy. 

    The Secretary-General hopes that the appointment of the new Court will contribute to strengthening the rule of law and the protection of human rights in Ecuador.

    * *** *