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Salomé is an Indigenous leader from the Kichwa people in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

She is one of many brave Amazonian Women who have been targeted and attacked for their work defending the world’s largest rainforest and defending human rights.

After speaking with President Moreno about the possible environmental impacts of oil activities on her ancestral lands and cases of sexual abuse against Indigenous women, Salomé and her family were attacked and threatened with stones at their home. 

Despite making a formal complaint, the authorities have made no progress in the investigation and have offered no protection to Salomé and her family.  

President Moreno's government must guarantee justice and protection for the Amazonian Women who protect nature and our human rights.

Will you call on the Ecuadorian Attorney General to investigate the attacks on Salomé and her family and bring those responsible to justice?

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  Our Petition

 

Attorney General

Diana Salazar

Dear Attorney General,

Throughout 2018, Amnesty International has registered a series of attacks against human rights defenders Patricia Gualinga, Nema Grefa, Salomé Aranda and Margoth Escobar, all members of the Amazonian Women collective, in Ecuador.

The Attorney General’s Office has failed to effectively investigate these crimes and grant protection measures for the women. This has forced them to risk their lives and that of their families in order to continue their important work.

As Attorney General of Ecuador, the power and responsibility to end this situation are in your hands.

For these reasons, we call you to:

- Advance the investigations of the attacks and threats against Patricia Gualinga, Nema Grefa, Salome Aranda and Margoth Escobar promptly, exhaustively, independently and impartially.

- Investigate the possibility that those attacks could have targeted them for their human rights work, identify everyone suspected of material or intellectual criminal responsibility, and bring them to justice.

- Design and implement an Investigation Protocol for Crimes against Human Rights Defenders, in order to strengthen the coordination between mechanisms and authorities in charge of criminal investigation.

Yours Sincerely,