10/05/2018

Urgent Action: Environmental Defender’s Home Set on Fire (Ecuador: UA 179.18)


Environmental defender Margoth Escobar could be at risk after her home was intentionally set on fire in Puyo, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, on 29 September. This is the fourth attack this year against members of the Amazon Women collective who defend the land, the territory and the environment in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Environmental defender Margoth Escobar could be at risk after her home was intentionally set on fire in Puyo, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, on 29 September. This is the fourth attack this year against members of the Amazon Women collective who defend the land, the territory and the environment in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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

  • Urging them to implement effective and adequate protection measures to safeguard Margoth Escobar and her family’s personal integrity, in consultation with her and with her consent;
  • Urging them to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the fire of Margoth Escobar’s home, considering the possible motivations of the attack in relation to Margoth’s work as a human rights defender, and bringing all those found responsible to justice;
  • Calling on them to publicly recognize the valuable and legitimate work of human rights defenders in Ecuador, including of those who defend the land, the territory and the environment.

Contact these two officials by 16 November 2018:

Minister of Interior
María Paula Romo Rodríguez

Ministerio del Interior
Benalcázar N4-24 y Espejo,
170401, Quito, Ecuador.
Twitter: @MinInteriorEc
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Francisco Carrión Mena
Embassy of Ecuador
1990 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 3rd Floor, Suite 310

Phone: 202 234 7200
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EmbajadaEcuUSA
Instagram: @embajadaecuusa
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 179.18.
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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