To: President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador –
I am deeply involved about the raise in violence and threats to Indigenous leaders who stand in defense of their communities and territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon. On February 26, Eduardo Mendúa, father, group chief of the A’i Cofan country, and secretary of global relations of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) was murdered. This criminal offense occurred just soon after his return from the CONAIE Council Conference. Mendua had been an outspoken opponent of oil drilling in his local community and in the Amazon.
I urge your govt to examine this killing and to ensure the defense of Earth Defenders like Eduardo Mendua who continue to be at possibility. Any investigation really should also expose any connections between the killing and action employed by Petroecuador in the development of its functions, as Amazon View has received indications the company’s things to do have contributed to tensions and conflicts in the location.
Your administration must also put into practice effective protection mechanisms for Indigenous land defenders and carry out procedures to address corporate abuses that direct to social and environmental crimes. And lastly, thanks not only to widespread opposition and the violations of Indigenous and environmental legal rights, but the violent death of Eduardo Mendua, your authorities will have to stop all oil functions by condition owned Petroecuador on Cofan territory.
A: Guillermo Lasso, Presidente de la República de Ecuador –
Estoy profundamente preocupado por el aumento de la violencia y las amenazas a los líderes indígenas que se levantan en defensa de sus comunidades y territorio en la Amazonía ecuatoriana. El 26 de febrero fue asesinado Eduardo Mendúa, padre, líder comunitario de la nación A’i Cofan y secretario de relaciones internacionales de la Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas