Friday, December 19, 2014

CONAIE: Declaration of Emergency

Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador 


That Art. 1 of the Constitution recognizes the pluricultural and intercultural character of the Ecuadorian state, and consequently in Art. 10 identifies the communes, communities, peoples and nations as subjects of rights;

That the current Constitution and Convention 169 recognize communities, peoples and nationalities as territorial authorities, which under the independent governments, are also governed by their own forms of government, which the State must recognize and respect;

That, on December 11, 2014, the national government, through the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES), delivered the Ministerial Resolution No. 0196 to the CONAIE, by which we are informed that the MIES terminated unilaterally the agreement of loan signed between CONAIE and the Ministry of Social Welfare, now the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion in 1991;

 That this measure taken by the government lacks legitimacy since the CONAIE as a government of the peoples and nationalities of Ecuador is making use of the property in representation and defense of individual and collective rights of ancestral peoples and of the majority, it is therefore an act of political persecution against the Indigenous movement;

Exercising our constitutional and collective rights recognized by the Constitution and international conventions recognized in the country, and exercising our powers and authority as a government of Indigenous Peoples and nationalities;


Art. 1. To declare a State of Emergency for the communities, indigenous peoples and nationalities of Ecuador until the conflictive situation created by the Order of eviction, ordered by the Ecuadorian government, is resolved. 

Art. 2. To convene an emergency General Assembly on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at the headquarters of the CONAIE, in the city of Quito, at 09h00. This GA to adopt the necessary measures to defend the rights of communities, peoples and nations in general, and its historic headquarters in the city of Quito. 

Art. 3. To make a call to all national and international organizations to stay on the alert regarding the violation of the rights of communities, indigenous peoples and nationalities of Ecuador, and of social organizations.

Done and signed in the city of Quito, on December 16, 2014

For the Governing Council,

Jorge Herrera