Ecuador: “They will not stop us” : Justice and protection for Amazonian Women, defenders of the land, territory and environment

Throughout 2018 in Ecuador, Amnesty International recorded a series of attacks and threats perpetrated against women human rights defenders. Despite the change in rhetoric since President Moreno came to power, this situation has demonstrated serious failings in the State’s capacity and will to adequately and effectively conduct criminal investigations and ensure protection measures. The Ecuadorian authorities have an opportunity to put an end to this serious situation and guarantee Amazonian Women – and anyone defending rights in Ecuador – justice and protection by implementing a National Protection Policy and a Protocol for investigating crimes against them.

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