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Ambassador Ivonne Baki
Embassy of Ecuador
2535 15th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20009
I am writing to you to express my concern about the current repression of demonstrations led by Indigenous organizations in Ecuador. Since June 13, 2022, we have received alarming allegations of arbitrary detentions, criminalization, and excessive use of force against protesters, human rights defenders, and journalists in different provinces. Ecuador’s Human Rights Alliance has identified at least 36 people detained between June 14 and 15, in Quito and Cotopaxi in the context of the protests. Your government has also issued stigmatizing statements against demonstrators and threatened them with prosecution.
In the early morning of June 14, 2022, security forces detained Leónidas Iza, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), near Pastocalle, in the province of Cotopaxi. He was held incommunicado for several hours, without access to his lawyers, and criminally charged with “blocking of public services”. He was released that night. His detention could have been arbitrary and the criminal proceedings against him could constitute criminalization of the right to protest.
We urge you to immediately to stop stigmatizing, repressing, and criminalizing peaceful protests, to disclose the whereabouts of and charges against all detainees and to release those arbitrarily detained.