02/19/2020

Urgent Action: Ombudsman’s Life at Risk After Death Threats (Ecuador: UA 22.20)


The life and personal integrity of Ombudsman Freddy Carrión and his family are at risk. He recently received repeated death threats, including a bomb threat at his family’s home on 13 February. Even though he publicly denounced this situation, the Ecuadorian government has failed to protect him and his family. The Ombudsman stated that this is a retaliation for his human rights work during the crisis in October 2019. We call the Attorney General to grant immediate protection to him and his family and to investigate these threats in an immediate, impartial and independent manner.

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Diana Salazar, Attorney General
Juan León Mera N19-36 y Av. Patria,
Edificio Fiscalía General del Estado, Quito, Ecuador
Email: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
Ambassador Ivonne Baki
Embassy of Ecuador
2535 15th St NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 234 7200
Email: [email protected]Twitter: @EmbajadaEcuUSA @ivonnebaki
Instagram: @embajadaecuusa @ivonnebaki
Salutation: Dear Ambassador


Dear Attorney General,

I am writing you in relation to the risk to the life and personal integrity of Ombudsman Freddy Carrión and his family. This is consequence of the repeated death threats he and his family have received in retaliation to his human rights work. Despite filing a criminal complaint on 6 February, he and his family have not received adequate protection yet.

This situation has undermined the work of the Ombudsman’s Office. Under international law, Ecuadorian authorities have the obligation to guarantee a free and safe environment for human rights defenders.

I urge you to grant immediate protection to Ombudsman Freddy Carrión and his family in consultation with them, to investigate these threats in an immediate, impartial and independent manner and to bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice. This means also identifying the intellectual perpetrators.

Yours sincerely,

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