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Ecuador: Don't Criminalize the Right to Protest


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Ben
- 1655 days ago - forcechange.com
Target: President Rafael Correa Delgado. Goal: Encourage Ecuador to revise a law which grants the government control over non-governmental organizations, including human rights groups.



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Ben O (154)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 5:25 am
For the past several years, the government of Ecuador has faced censure from its citizens, particularly indigenous peoples, for its inability to consult with affected parties on serious environmental issues. Now a new law, Executive Decree 16, subjects non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to close monitoring and grants the government unprecedented power to dissolve organizations found to be in violation of the decree. Sign the petition reminding the Ecuadoran government that peaceful protest is a basic human right and urging President Delgado to revise or repeal the decree.

Protests–and the government’s inadequate and unjust responses to them–have become particularly widespread in Ecuador in recent years, as the government attempts to move forward with projects that deeply affect indigenous communities without consulting them. For instance, disputes over water rights and mining provoked protests between 2008 and 2010. The government responded with “criminal proceedings against defenders and leaders who had participated in the protests,” Amnesty International reports, adding that “[i]n November 2012 the government opened a bidding process to explore and exploit oil in southeastern Ecuador, a region that includes vast areas of the Amazon inhabited by Indigenous Peoples.” Indigenous peoples and NGOs representing them were not consulted....
 

Animae C (514)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 5:26 am
Your signature has been recorded.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 5:48 am
S&S on FB, thanks Ben
 

Krish Away (43)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 5:49 am
Signatures

Krish S
 

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 6:38 am
Noted and signed. TY Ben
 

Solitary Eagle (324)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 6:55 am
Signed and shared. Thank you Ben.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 8:38 am
Done-thx Ben
 

Davida P (283)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:54 pm
Noted, Signed & Shared. Thanks Ben
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:14 pm
Done
 
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