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The Plenary of the National Assembly of Ecuador approved this Thursday, with 99 votes in favor, the report that grants amnesties to 268 citizens who were prosecuted for “exercising their own right and collective rights recognized in the Constitution and international instruments” in the context of the social outbreak of the last quarter of 2019.

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Among the people who will receive the amnesties are the prefect of Pichincha, Paola Pabón, the parliamentarian Virgilio Hernández, the activist Christian González and the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie), Leonidas Iza.

Of the 268 people granted amnesty, 60 belong to the case “prosecuted for exercising the right to resistance and social protest of October 2019”; during the government of Lenín Moreno; 153 are from the “defenders of community territories” case; 12 to “indigenous justice administration”, and 43 to “defenders of nature”, according to the report.

The amnesty report, prepared by the Constitutional Guarantees Commission, obtained the favorable votes of all the assembly members of the Unión por la Esperanza (UNES) and Pachakutik caucuses, some of the Social Christian Party, the Democratic Left and some independent legislators.

The president of parliament, Guadalupe Llori, said in a statement: “With this act of justice, peace has been restored to our comrades, the popular fighters, defenders of human rights, water and nature, and to all their families, after having been prosecuted for exercising their right to resistance”.

Once the vote had been carried out and ratified after the reconsideration of the votes, the president of the National Assembly, Guadalupe Llori, maintained that the approval of the amnesty report “will reconcile the country [y] that we have worked for the unity that our Ecuador expected so much”.



The resolution will now be notified to the competent jurisdictional bodies, the State Attorney General’s Office and other instances.

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