Target: President Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador
Goal: Reopen organization that supported the rights of the indigenous groups of Ecuador.
Human rights leaders around the world are appalled after the government of Ecuador closed an organization that worked to protect the rights of indigenous tribes and their land. The organization, Acción Ecológica, was working with the Shuar indigenous group to stop the mining of their land and prevent attacks on their rights.
When the organization challenged the government, the government gave the group only 10 days to present evidence supporting its case. When the group could not do so, it was dissolved. The organization and other human rights experts argue that dissolving the non-governmental group infringes on members’ freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.
This is not the first time that the government in Ecuador has dissolved independent groups. Its doing so has set a dangerous precedent. Where will the limit be drawn? How many groups — groups that are working to protect the rights of citizens — will be disbanded simply for challenging the government? Sign the petition to demand that the government regroup Acción Ecológica not only to protect the rights of the indigenous Shaur group, but also to show citizens that it will take seriously the rights of all.
Dear President Correa,
Your government has recently dissolved Acción Ecológica, an organization that fights to protect the rights and land of indigenous groups. Human rights representatives are appalled at such blatant disregard for your citizens’ freedoms of expression, assembly, and association.
This is not the first time your government has dissolved an organization fighting for the rights of others. However, it should be the last. I ask that your government reopen the closed group and work harder to protect the rights of all, whether they are the rights of indigenous groups to their land or rights of other groups to their assembly.
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