URGENT: Humanitarian aid and legal support neededfor indigenous peoples in Ecuadorian protests

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Over 20,000 indigenous people from the Amazon to the Andes have mobilized to Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, as part of nationwide protests aimed at reversing a series of government imposed economic austerity measures that, indigenous leaders say, will deepen social inequalities, fuel environmental degradation, and lock Ecuador in a short-sighted economic system premised on the unsustainable extraction of natural resources.

In response to nationwide protests, the Ecuadorian government declared a State of Emergency, which facilitates military and police violence, arbitrary detentions, and limits freedom of association and mobility, among other civil rights. Hundreds of indigenous people have been jailed, and human rights groups, including Amazon Frontlines, have issued reports citing widespread human rights violations.

Indigenous and human rights organizations on the ground in Ecuador need urgent humanitarian and legal aid. Amazon Frontlines, Land Is Life, and Amazon Watch will channel the funds from this campaign to the
Ecumenical Commission on Human Rights (CEDHU), an Ecuadorian non-profit with 40 years of experience working towards social justice and human rights. 100% of funds will be used exclusively for:

  1. Humanitarian aid in the form of medicine, blankets and food for the tens of thousands of people arriving in Quito.
  2. Legal aid to defend indigenous people arbitrarily detained or charged with a crime during the mobilizations.

For more context, in a recent statement the national and Amazonian indigenous federations explained their reasons for protesting and demands to the government:

For centuries we have protected our lands in the mountains and the Amazon, and we will not allow indigenous peoples, indigenous territories and our global climate to pay the cost for the government’s mounting debt to China and international lenders.

Photo by Ivan Castaneira

URGENT: Humanitarian aid and legal support needed for indigenous peoples in Ecuadorian protests

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Over 20,000 indigenous people from the Amazon to the Andes have mobilized to Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, as part of nationwide protests aimed at reversing a series of government imposed economic austerity measures that, indigenous leaders say, will deepen social inequalities, fuel environmental degradation, and lock Ecuador in a short-sighted economic system premised on the unsustainable extraction of natural resources.

In response to nationwide protests, the Ecuadorian government declared a State of Emergency, which facilitates military and police violence, arbitrary detentions, and limits freedom of association and mobility, among other civil rights. Hundreds of indigenous people have been jailed, and human rights groups, including Amazon Frontlines, have issued reports citing widespread human rights violations.

Indigenous and human rights organizations on the ground in Ecuador need urgent humanitarian and legal aid. Amazon Frontlines, Land Is Life, and Amazon Watch will channel the funds from this campaign to the
Ecumenical Commission on Human Rights (CEDHU), an Ecuadorian non-profit with 40 years of experience working towards social justice and human rights. 100% of funds will be used exclusively for:

  1. Humanitarian aid in the form of medicine, blankets and food for the tens of thousands of people arriving in Quito.
  2. Legal aid to defend indigenous people arbitrarily detained or charged with a crime during the mobilizations.

For more context, in a recent statement the national and Amazonian indigenous federations explained their reasons for protesting and demands to the government:

For centuries we have protected our lands in the mountains and the Amazon, and we will not allow indigenous peoples, indigenous territories and our global climate to pay the cost for the government’s mounting debt to China and international lenders.

Share the Movement!

Photo by Ivan Castaneira