Open letter to Rafael Correa: Stop the eviction of CONAIE
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Open letter to Rafael Correa: Stop the eviction of CONAIE

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January 8, 2015
This open letter to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, circulated in the last weeks of December 2014, has already been signed by over 450 intellectuals and activists across the world. We invite you to sign it as well by sending an email to Alejandra Santillana (alesantillana [at] or Paul Ospina (halcon6719 [at], including your full name, country and institutional or organizational affiliation (optional). You can also send your own letter of support to CONAIE directly info [at] For more information and background, please see this link.


The signatories of this letter have been surprised by the news that the Government of Ecuador decided to revoke the loan agreement established in 1991 for the use of the building of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, CONAIE.

In our view it is clear that the reasons given (the use of the premises for the rehabilitation of young people with addiction problems) are not satisfactory: a State like Ecuador has many places in better condition and location for such tasks. The measure is unjustified.

More than an act of retaliation this is disrespectful to the memory and history of an organisation to which Ecuador owes democratic struggles and extraordinarily profound and positive social transformation.

More than an administrative act without political intent, it seems to be a very disturbing evidence of sectarianism. More than an isolated act, it looks like the latest incident in a series of episodes of intolerance towards criticism from different social movements of the most varied kind.

In our opinion, the government does not need such outbursts and loses moral authority by using this logic of assertion of force and intimidation. It is not too late to rectify.

It would be a courageous act of political intelligence and generosity on your part if you gave positive proof of recognition of the historic emancipatory deeds of one of the largest organisations of indigenous peoples and nationalities of Ecuador.

The peoples of our America and the progressive forces of the world do not forget this glorious history. You should not ignore it either.

Yours sincerely,


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