Ecuador
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Human rights defenders lacked appropriate protection mechanisms to safeguard their lives and physical safety. The authorities failed to ensure effective investigations into threats and attacks against human rights defenders, particularly those working to defend Indigenous Peoples’ rights, their territory and the environment. Ongoing exclusion and discrimination exacerbated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty

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