Ecuador: The University Student Front of Ecuador (Frente Estudiante Universitario del Ecuador - FEUE), including its activities especially in 1992, its treatment by the government, whether this group was operating at the Catholic University of Cuenca in 1992 and whether Carlos Orellana was its president at that time (1989 to present)
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 November 1998|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ECU30585.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ecuador: The University Student Front of Ecuador (Frente Estudiante Universitario del Ecuador - FEUE), including its activities especially in 1992, its treatment by the government, whether this group was operating at the Catholic University of Cuenca in 1992 and whether Carlos Orellana was its president at that time (1989 to present), 1 November 1998, ECU30585.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac1d28.html [accessed 24 July 2014]|
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Information on the Frente Estudiante Universitario del Ecuador (FEUE) is limited among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
In June 1991, Latin American Weekly Report stated that the FEUE staged demonstrations in Quito calling for the impeachment of then-education minister Alfredo Vera. Vera was charged with misappropriation of funds for the construction of schools.
Reuters reported in January 1997 that the FEUE called for a march to Congress to oppose then-president Abdala Bucaram's austerity program that would increase the price of fuel, electricity and telephones (15 Jan. 1997). Patricio Carrera, FEUE president, stated that the students would also call for the resignation of education and energy ministers, Sandra Correa and Alfredo Adum. According to the report, clashes occurred between police and students, and some student protesters at Central University in Quito were arrested, despite a ban against police from entering campus. Nine policemen and 20 students were injured as a result of these clashes, and at least 150 people were detained.
In September 1998, El Comercio reported that the Federation of Workers of the Ecuadorian State Petroleum Enterprise (FETRAPEC) would mobilize the FEUE, among many other popular groups, for a civic strike that would take place on 1 October 1998 in protest against government economic measures involving a $100,000 sucre (the Ecuadorian currency) subsidy to the country's poor (17 Sept. 1998). A leader of the Peasant Social Security Fund stated that it would be impossible for the government to deliver on this promise of monetary compensation (ibid.).
Attempts to contact the FEUE in Quito and at the Catholic University of Cuenca were unsuccessful.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
El Comercio [Quito, in Spanish]. 17 September 1998. "Social Movements Plan Protests Over Economic Measures." (FBIS-LAT-98-264 21 Sept. 1998/WNC)
Latin America Weekly Report [London]. 27 June 1991. "Sixth Minister Faces Impeachment; Teachers, Health Workers & Indians Out on Strike." (NEXIS)
Reuters. 15 January 1997. BC Cycle. "Student Protests Over Austerity Heat Up in Ecuador." (NEXIS)
Additional Sources Consulted
Amnesty International Report. 1993-1998.
Amnesty International. February 1998. Amnesty International's Concerns in Ecuador.
Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 1992.
Latinamerica Press [Lima]. 1989-1998.
Latin American Regional Reports: Andean Group Report [London]. 1992.
Electronic Sources: IRB Databases, REFWORLD, Internet and FBIS/WNC.