08/13/2018

Urgent Action: Indigenous Leader Threatened by Armed Men (Paraguay: UA 149.18)


Amada Martínez, human rights defender from the Tekoha Sauce Indigenous community of the Avá Guaraní People in south-east Paraguay, was threatened by three armed men wearing uniforms of the Itaipú Binational (Paraguay-Brazil) hydroelectric plant on 8 August, in the presence of three minors, her sister and a taxi driver.

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Amada Martínez, human rights defender from the Tekoha Sauce Indigenous community of the Avá Guaraní People in south-east Paraguay, was threatened by three armed men wearing uniforms of the Itaipú Binational (Paraguay-Brazil) hydroelectric plant on 8 August, in the presence of three minors, her sister and a taxi driver.

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

  • Urging the authorities to implement protection measures to safeguard the life and physical integrity of Amada Martínez, her family and the members of the Tekoha Sauce community, in consultation with her and in accordance with her wishes;
  • Calling on the authorities to investigate in a timely, independent and impartial manner the attack against Amada Martínez to identify the perpetrators and those behind the attack, and bring all those responsible to justice;
  • Urging the authorities to ensure that those who work to defend the human rights of Indigenous Peoples can carry out their activities in a safe environment.

Contact these two officials by 21 September, 2018:
Interior Minister
Ariel Martínez Fernández
Asunción, Paraguay
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @minteriorpy
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Germán Rojas Irigoyen,
Embassy of Paraguay
2209 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 483 6960 I Fax: 1 202 234 4508
Contact Form: http://www.mre.gov.py/Sitios/Home/Contact/embaparusa/ENG
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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