When indigenous communities take to the streets to express their continuing opposition to destructive mining and oil drilling projects in their ancestral territories, the Ecuadorian government often uses the judicial system to persecute and prosecute them. Over 200 people – indigenous leaders, human rights defenders and environmental activists – are in prison or under investigation for their resistance.
But the Ecuadorian indigenous movement refuses to succumb to these attempts to silence them and have launched the Amnesty First campaign to demand amnesty and pardons for those who have suffered legal repression for exercising their rights. And now they are asking for your support.
The campaign is collecting petition signatures all around Ecuador, and on May 30th they’ll deliver them all directly to the newly-elected president, Lenin Moreno, and the president of Congress. They’ll also deliver our messages of solidarity at that time.