Martínez expressed the concern of many social and human rights organizations that there are minors and teenagers detained in flagrante delicto, in the context of the internal armed conflict that the Andean country is going through.
We all share the need for public forces to deal with the level of violence and terrorist acts in the national territory, but what cannot be forgiven is that human rights are violated, the activist warned.
According to Martínez, 10 percent of the population killed in Ecuador were children and another large percentage lost their relatives due to violence, or were recruited by criminal groups.
What do we do with a teenage offender? -He ponders- Should we shoot him in the back of the head, as most of the social networks say? Is it okay to be beaten, mistreated and treated in a humiliating manner? The State cannot face violence with the same violence, he warned.
Martínez urged the Executive to implement the Ecuadorian Constitution and judge minors and juvenile offenders in accordance with what is established by law.
Recently, the National Police warned that at least 1,326 minors, between 12 and 17 years old, left the classrooms in Ecuador to join criminal gangs.
According to the police report, the teenagers are involved in crimes such as illegal possession of weapons, hitmen, micro-trafficking, stealing people and others involved in organized crime.
The document revealed that criminals recruited students by offering them attractive financial rewards for their age.
The province of Guayas is the territory with the most detained minors, with 367 cases, followed by Pichincha, where 153 arrests were reported.
This South American country is going through an internal armed conflict ordered by President Daniel Noboa, after the leader of the Los Choneros gang, Adolfo Macías (Fito), escaped from the Guayaquil Regional Prison on January 7 and as a consequence of that event A series of violent acts began in the detention centers and in the streets, such as the kidnapping and killing of police officers.
Analysts warn that militarization is not enough to solve the crisis of violence and insecurity here, as long as social policies against poverty and inequality are not applied.