Ecuador: President Moreno must guarantee the rights of protesters, journalists and social leaders

In response to numerous allegations of excessive use of force and arbitrary arrests of journalists, indigenous leaders, transport leaders and demonstrators in Ecuador in the context of protests against recent economic measures and the state of emergency that was decreed yesterday, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

“President Moreno must ensure that the human rights of demonstrators, journalists and social leaders are respected. The decision to deploy the armed forces to control demonstrations only increases the risk of human rights violations.”

President Moreno must ensure that the human rights of demonstrators, journalists and social leaders are respected. The decision to deploy the armed forces to control demonstrations only increases the risk of human rights violations
Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

“The Ecuadorian authorities have an obligation to investigate thoroughly, promptly and impartially all allegations of excessive use of force, arbitrary detentions and other human rights violations that have occurred in the context of the current protests and the state of emergency.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Duncan Tucker: duncan.tucker@amnesty.org