03/07/2019

Urgent Action: Indigenous Community Attacked by Armed Men (Paraguay: UA 32.19)


The Ysati Indigenous community in the district of Itakyry (department of Alto Paraná, southeast Paraguay) had their crops and six houses burned down and 55 people, of which 38 children, were displaced because of the violence. Community members are afraid that new attacks could take place and they are forced to flee. We urge the Attorney General to launch an immediate investigation on the attacks against the Ysati Indigenous community and to bring those responsible to justice.

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Sandra Raquel Quiñonez
General Attorney of Paraguay
Chile. Av. Ygatimi, Asunción
Paraguay
Postal Address
Fax: +59521 415 5000
Email:
[email protected]
Ambassador Germán Rojas
Embassy of Paraguay
2209 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 483 6960 I Fax: 202 234 4508
Email: [email protected]
Contact Form: https://bit.ly/2UyW1em
Facebook: @EmbajadadeParaguay
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear General Attorney,

I write to you in relation of the aggression against the Ysati Indigenous community in the district of Itakyry, department of Alto Paraná, where community members reported that on 3 March a group of around 50 people, composed of landowners accompanied by armed individuals, entered their ancestral lands and burned crops and six homes with all their belongings inside. 55 people, of which 38 children, were affected and are all sheltered precariously in a nearby community.

According to community members, 15 of the 50 attackers, are still in place with firearms and according to recent reports, they shoot in the air. The community fears that new attacks could take place and considers their life and integrity are at risk.

I urge you to launch an immediate investigation on the attacks against the Ysati Indigenous community and to bring those responsible to justice.

Yours sincerely,

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES