International Organizations Call For Accountability Following Attack on Amazonian Land Defender Patricia Gualinga
By WECAN International
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BAY AREA, California (February 8, 2018) - Following recent death threats and acts of hostile intimidation towards Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, an Indigenous Kichwa leader from Ecuador's Amazon rainforest - over 50 prominent global organizations and individuals working for human rights, women's rights, environmental and climate justice, issued a statement of solidarity and a call for accountability.
The collective statement signed by global organizations including Amazon Watch, the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Witness, Frontline Defenders, Urgent Action Fund for Women, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club, and Cultural Survival expresses deep concern regarding the attack targeting Patricia on January 5, 2018, during which an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, Ecuador, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her. The attack broke windows and the assailant yelled directly at Patricia Gualinga and repeatedly threatened her with death.