In May 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador delivered a formal diplomatic protest known as a “demarche” to members of President-elect Guillermo Lasso’s transition team. The Department noted that Ecuador has been cited for demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance in the 2021 Annual Report on International Child Abduction during 2020, specifically for judicial delays.
Specifically, the State
Department has determined that the Ecuadorian judicial authorities failed to
regularly implement and comply with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects
of International Child Abduction.
As a result of this
failure, 17 percent of requests for the return of abducted children under the
Convention remained unresolved for more than 12 months. On average, these cases
were unresolved for one year and three months.
Ecuador was previously
cited for demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance in the 2015-2020 Annual