07/06/2020

Urgent Action: Covid-19 Threatens Indigenous People’s Lives (Ecuador: UA 114.20)


On 1 July, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE) reported 1,215 confirmed (45% of 2,673 people tested) and 622 suspected cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous Amazonian communities. They face a higher risk situation due to scarcity of drinking water, food sources, medical supplies, health services and COVID-19 tests. An oil spill from 7 April and seasonal floods polluted the environment and food and water sources of many communities, increasing their risk of infection. We call on the President to urgently implement an action plan to protect them guaranteeing their human rights.

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President Lenín Moreno
Due to postal restrictions caused by COVID-19, please only send physical mail to the Embassy
Email: [email protected] [email protected]
Ambassador Ivonne Baki
Embassy of Ecuador
1990 M St. NW Suite 310, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 234 7200
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EmbajadaEcuUSA @ivonnebaki
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Lenín Moreno,

I write to you regarding the urgent situation of Indigenous Peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous organizations have denounced that the government’s response to this situation has been inadequate and ineffective so far, reporting that by 1 July 2020 there were 1,215 confirmed cases (45% of the 2,673 people tested) and 622 suspected cases of COVID-19 among Indigenous persons in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

I ask you to urgently design and implement an action plan to protect Indigenous Peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon from the COVID-19 pandemic, complying with human rights standards and in consultation with Indigenous organizations and authorities. This plan should include, among others, actions intended to stop the spread of the virus while guaranteeing their rights to life, to health, to water, to a healthy environment and to an adequate standard of living.

Yours sincerely,

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