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Ecuador: Indigenous Peoples’ rights activists at risk following leader's arrest

On 21 December, officers from the National Police force forced their way into the Interprovincial Federation of Shuar and Achuar Centres facilities in Morona Santiago and arrested their leader Agustín Wachapá. His arrest comes in addition to a series of acts of violence, harassment and pressure from the state authorities towards members of the Shuar Indigenous Peoples’ community due to their opposition to a copper mining project in Morona Santiago.

Date:
22 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Ecuador
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Ecuador: Community leaders accused of 'terrorism'

Manuel Trujillo and Manuela Pacheco, community leaders in San Pablo de Amalí, central Ecuador, are facing unsubstantiated charges of organized terrorism. These criminal proceedings appear to be an attempt to silence their campaigning to demand their community’s right to consultation on the construction of a hydroelectric plant which they claim will affect the community’s right to water.

Date:
13 January 2016
Ref:
AMR 28/3205/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Ecuador
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ecuador: Ecuadorian police shut down NGO

Police officers closed the offices of Fundación Pachamama, an Ecuadorian NGO working on Indigenous Peoples and environmental rights. The closure order alleged that the organization was interfering in public policies and threatening the security of the state. The organization has denied any involvement in violent acts. Other organizations may be at risk of closure.

Date:
6 December 2013
Ref:
AMR 28/003/2013
  • News
  • Ecuador
  • Business and Human Rights

Ecuador: One year after decisive ruling, Sarayaku struggle goes on

The government of Ecuador must do more to protect the human rights of the indigenous people of Sarayaku if it is to fully comply with an international court ruling said Amnesty International. A year ago today the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that Ecuador must apologize, consult with and recompense the Sarayaku people over an oil project which damaged their ancestral lands and put their lives at risk in the Amazon region in eastern Ecuador.

Date:
25 July 2013
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Discrimination

Americas: Transforming pain into hope: Human rights defenders in the Americas

Human rights defenders in the Americas have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of human rights. However, as the clamour for human rights has grown in strength throughout the region, those at the forefront of these demands continue to be met with threats and violence. Those responsible are rarely brought to justice. Amnesty International urges governments throughout the region to fulfil their obligation to protect human rights defenders and to respect, protect and fulfil human rights for all.

Date:
7 December 2012
Ref:
AMR 01/006/2012
  • News
  • Ecuador
  • Discrimination

Sarayaku Indigenous People and Amnesty International win film award

A groundbreaking documentary about an Ecuadorian Indigenous People’s successful international legal battle against their country for allowing foreign oil exploration on their land without their consent has won an award at National Geographic’s prestigious All Roads Film Project. Amnesty International and the Kichwa de Sarayaku Indigenous community filmed and co-produced Children of the Jaguar, about the community’s journey from their lands in eastern Ecuador’s Amazonian rainforest to seek justice at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in Costa Rica.

Date:
2 October 2012
  • Research
  • Ecuador
  • Discrimination

Ecuador: Amnesty International urges for a meaningful consultation with Indigenous peoples and expresses concern about unfounded prosecutions

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Ecuador. Amnesty International welcomes Ecuador’s acceptance of recommendations to adopt and/or strengthen mechanisms for consultation with Indigenous peoples on issues that impact on their human rights. The organization urges Ecuador to ensure that these are meaningful processes that are carried out in accordance with international human rights norms.

Date:
19 September 2012
Ref:
AMR 28/006/2012
  • Research
  • Brazil
  • Business and Human Rights

Americas: Right to consultation and consent of Indigenous peoples in the Americas

This statement, to the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council, encapsulates one of the main challenges Indigenous peoples face when their ancestral territories are suddenly the site of development projects. Motorways, pipelines, hydroelectric dams and open-cast mines are some of the projects which governments across the Americas continue to carry out on or near Indigenous territories without obtaining their free, prior and informed consent.

Date:
27 August 2012
Ref:
AMR 01/007/2012
  • Research
  • Argentina
  • Business and Human Rights

Americas: Governments must stop imposing development projects on Indigenous peoples’ territories

Governments across the Americas continue to discriminate against Indigenous peoples by denying their right to have a say on decisions which may have devastating consequences for their cultural survival. The right to consultation, as established in various international human rights standards, is key for Indigenous peoples. This document provides a summary of some of the serious challenges that Indigenous peoples face on a daily basis as they claim the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent.

Date:
8 August 2012
Ref:
AMR 01/005/2012
  • Research
  • Ecuador
  • Detention

Ecuador: ‘So that no one can demand anything’: Criminalizing the right to protest in Ecuador?

Indigenous and campesino communities have taken to the streets in Ecuador to protest at the lack of consultation on proposed laws and policies which directly affect them. This report examines the response of Ecuadorian authorities to protests that took place in 2009 and 2010. Through individual cases, it demonstrates that Indigenous and campesino leaders have been subjected to unfounded investigations and judicial proceedings.

Date:
17 July 2012
Ref:
AMR 28/002/2012
  • News
  • Ecuador
  • Business and Human Rights

Ecuador: The Sarayaku struggle goes global

The traditional lands of the Sarayaku – a Kichwa Indigenous People numbering some 1,200 – lie in a remote area of eastern Ecuador’s Amazon region. “Living in Sarayaku is living in freedom, harmony and peace – we’re all united,” Noemí Gualinga, a representative of the community, told Amnesty International.  But that sense of harmony was shattered in 2002 when Ecuador’s government failed to consult with the community before allowing a foreign oil company on their land to explore the potential for despoiling it of fossil fuels.

Date:
25 May 2012
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Wire, May/June 2012. Vol. 42, issue 03

1) Up front: the night-crossing 2) Freedom of expression: China's defiant heart 3) Human rights talk: 'You can't just stand there and not act' 4) World Press Freedom Day: Under pressure 5) A life on hold (poster for film) 6) Policing in Europe: Keeping the peace, beating the peaceful 7) Arms Trade Treaty: Stop the ships of shame 8) Freedom of expression: On the line 9) Indigenous peoples: The making of 'Children of the jaguar' 10) Campaigning: The social networkers 11) Good news & updates: Maikel Nabil Sanad; Sudanese youth activists released; 12) Amnesty International Report 2012 13) Worldwide Appeals: Bahrain: opposition activists behind bars: 14 opposition activists; Kyrgyzstan: 'They have destroyed us': Azimjan Askarov; Mauritania: Prisoners abducted from their cells: 14 prisoners; Russian Federation: Detained chained and beaten: Islam Umarpashaev; Syria: Activist at risk of torture: Anas al-Shogre; Viet Nam: Internet activist imprisoned: Nguyen Van Ly 15) Postcards: Getting away with murder; Freedom of expression now in China; Time for a bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty.

Date:
1 May 2012
Ref:
NWS 21/003/2012