Dialogue crucial to boosting understanding of indigenous justice in Ecuador (June 2010)

By | 8 June, 2010


The Special Rapporteur James Anaya expressed deep concern at the polarized atmosphere that has emerged from recent media comments and statements by government officials in Ecuador with regards to a case that took place on May 9, 2010 at the Cocha community, Cotopaxi province. “It is counterproductive for the construction of an intercultural and multinational State as declared in the new constitution of Ecuador,” he said, “to describe as savage and as human rights violations all expressions of indigenous justice, based on partial and incomplete information from the media.” The Rapporteur called for dialogue and understanding in building the mechanisms of coordination and cooperation between the state and indigenous systems of justice. See Press Release.