31 Dec '16, 11pm

U.N. Experts Slam Ecuador Over Forced Closure of Land Rights Group

The United Nations criticized the government of Ecuador on Friday for ordering the closure of a land rights advocacy group that supports an indigenous community protesting mining plans in land they claim as their ancestral home. The crackdown by Ecuadorian authorities on Quito-based Accion Ecologica was part of a pattern that threatened freedom of association in the country, a group of six U.N. rights experts said in a statement. Accion Ecologica has been working for 30 years to protect land whose natural environment is threatened, according to its mission statement. It has vocally supported indigenous Shuar protesters, the U.N. statement said, who have accused authorities of kicking them out of their ancestral home in Ecuador's Morona-Santiago province to make way for mining developments. Earlier this month, Ecuador sent troops to the province after a violent protest stag...

Full article: http://amazonwatch.org/news/2016/1230-un-experts-slam-ecu...

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