U.N: “The Ecuadorian State must                     Return all of the Assets Confiscated to the Isaias Family”

U.N: “The Ecuadorian State must Return all of the Assets Confiscated to the Isaias Family”

Roberto and William, the head of the Isaias Dassum family, are two businessmen that since 2008 have been in a legal dispute with the Ecuadorian government. This quarrel was resolved in favor of the Isaias brothers by an institution of enormous international prestige as is the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.

In a resolution dictated on June 6th of 2016 the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, in its Geneva headquarters, gave a definite statement on the human rights violations Roberto and William Isaias had suffered at the hand of the Ecuadorian government and its president Rafael Correa.

Isaias family confiscation details

It was Correa who in 2008 decided arbitrarily and illegally to confiscate all of the Isaias Group assets, which have an estimated worth of more than 800 million dollars. This confiscation of assets included important TV networks that were founded and developed by the brothers Roberto and William Isaias. Amongst them three of the biggest and most popular TV channels in Ecuador: Gamavisión, TC and CN3. However, time has made it clear that the only objective Correa had was to make himself the sole owner of these TV stations as a way to unapologetically promote his socialist ideas and political project.

Mandate 13

Rafael Correa went to extremes to obtain these networks, to the point of forcing the newly established National Assembly to create the now-famous Mandate 13, which prohibited any Ecuadorian judge to know the details of how the Isaias family assets were confiscated.

Any judge that refused to follow the decree could be deposed or even incarcerated. Consequently, one of the key parts of the UN’s resolution is the nullity of decree 13. In fact, this decree has been denounced by other Latin American jurists as one of the most outrageous decrees in Latin American judicial history.

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