01/12/2018

Urgent Action: Attack Against Indigenous Defender (Ecuador: UA 8.18)


Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous human rights defender, reported that on 5 January an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her.

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Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous human rights defender, reported that on 5 January an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the Minister of Interior to issue protection measures to safeguard the integrity of Patricia Gualinga and her family, in consultation with her and in accordance with her wishes;
  • Urging the Minister of Interior to publicly recognize her legitimate work, and the work of all people who defend rights related to land, territory and the environment; to ensure that human rights defenders enjoy a safe and enabling environment;
  • Calling on the Ombudsman to ensure that protection measures are taken to safeguard the integrity of Patricia Gualinga and her family and investigate the security situation of human right defenders particularly those who defend rights related to land, territory and the environment.
  • Calling on the Attorney General to promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack, make the results public and bring the material and intellectual perpetrators to justice.

Contact these two officials by 22 February, 2018:

Minister of Interior
César Navas Vera
Benalcázar N4-24 y Espejo,
C.P. 170401
Quito, Ecuador
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @MinInteriorEc, @NavasVeraCesar
Salutation: Dear Sir/ Estimado Señor

Ambassador Francisco Borja Cevallos, Embassy of Ecuador
2535 15th St. NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 234 7200
Fax: 202 333 2893
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador           

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