Fundación Pachamama President, Belén Páez. Photo from El Comercio.
On Monday, January 6th, Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment denied Fundación Pachamama’s request to reverse the illegal dissolution of the organization that took place last December 4th, 2013.
The organization will appeal this decision and continue to pursue other channels to get their legal status reinstated.
This dissolution is considered an arbitrary act that seeks to repress Fundación Pachamama’s legitimate right to disagree with the government’s policies, such as the decision to turn over Amazonian indigenous people’s land to oil companies, in direct violation of their constitutional rights.
Thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations worldwide have already expressed their support of Fundación Pachamama, and so can you!