Urgent Action Update: Covid-19 Threatens Indigenous People’s Lives (Ecuador: UA 114.20)

August 31, 2020

In August, the Ecuador government published a national protocol to respond to COVID-19 among Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous and human rights organizations in the Amazon said this protocol was not adequately consulted and does not reflect their demands. They also said they have been excluded from the Emergency Operations Committees in charge of implementing it. We call on the President to ensure that the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon participate in the decision-making structure in charge of the COVID-19 response in the Amazon, and guarantee that this response is sufficiently funded and respects their rights and needs.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

President Lenín Moreno
Due to postal restrictions caused by COVID-19, please only send physical mail to the Embassy
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Ivonne Baki
Embassy of Ecuador
2535 15th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202 234 7200
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @EmbajadaEcuUSA @ivonnebaki
Instagram: @embajadaecuusa @ivonnebaki
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear President Lenín Moreno,

I write to you regarding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Amazon. Indigenous and human rights organizations say that the Protocol for the prevention and care of COVID-19 in Indigenous Peoples, published in August, was not adequately consulted with them and does not reflect their demands. They also say they have been excluded from the Emergency Operations Committees in charge of implementing it.

I ask you to ensure that the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon participate, through their own representative institutions, in the national and provincial decision-making structure in charge of the COVID-19 response in the Amazon and guarantee that this response respects their rights and needs and is sufficiently funded. Any policy or action affecting Indigenous Peoples should comply with human rights standards, including the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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