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"We stand with Andrés Arauz"

An open letter to demand justice for the Pandora Papers in Ecuador.
Organizations, academics and people committed to human rights call on states and governments to safeguard journalists, public officials, political actors and citizens who want to exert democratic control and institutional oversight of presidents and political leaders mentioned in the global scandal called the "Pandora Papers".
Organizations, academics and people committed to human rights call on states and governments to safeguard journalists, public officials, political actors and citizens who want to exert democratic control and institutional oversight of presidents and political leaders mentioned in the global scandal called the "Pandora Papers".

The Pandora Papers have revealed massive tax evasion practices, such as the national and international hiding of assets and financial income, by numerous personalities, including active politicians such as the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso. Since 2017, the Ecuadorian legislation prohibits people who hold elected office or are public servants from owning property or capital, of any nature, in territories considered tax havens.

Governments must secure a framework for freedom of expression, personal security, and transparent access to public information that allows them to determine responsibilities and apply due process sanctions to those involved in tax evasion, money laundering, and other criminal acts linked to the use of tax havens. This must include the abstention of states or political actors from using institutional intimidation mechanisms through abusive actions such as untimely criminal or administrative investigations.

Several Ecuadorian journalists, activists, and opposition politicians have pointed out that the appearance of Guillermo Lasso in the Pandora Papers should be investigated by the relevant institutions to offer citizens the necessary information regarding the financial situation of the President. There is an attempt to silence this legitimate demand with threats and even the opening of judicial processes against researchers, academics, and progressive leaders. We are particularly concerned about the harassment, threats, and practices of Lawfare that have been initiated against various individuals and former presidential candidate and researcher of capital flight, the economist Andrés Arauz.

We are also concerned that, while those who denounce illegal tax evasion practices are being investigated, the relevant authorities remain silent or do not open the pertinent investigations against those who have been indicated as having committed crimes in tax havens, such as President Guillermo Lasso.

Signatories

International organizations:

Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development - APMDD

Centro de Derechos Económicos y Sociales de Ecuador - CDES 

Christian Aid 

European Network on Debt and Development - Eurodad

Financial Transparency Coalition 

Global Alliance for Tax Justice - GATJ

Progressive International

Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y El Caribe 

Red Latinoamericana por Justicia Económica y Social - LATINDADD 

Tax Justice Network 

Tax Justice Network Africa 

Individuals:

Abelardo Bedoya  - Venezuela 

Adoración Guamán - España

Adrián Molina  - Ecuador

Agnes Kharshiing - India

Alberto Clary - Estados Unidos

Alejandra Toasa - Ecuador

Alejandro Cusme - Ecuador 

Alex Cueva - Ecuador

Alex Flores Alvarez - Ecuador

Alex Guamán - Ecuador

Alex Serrano  - Ecuador 

Alexandra Acosta Cobos - Ecuador

Alexandra García  - Ecuador

Alfonso Aparicio - Ecuador

Alfonso Pesantes - Ecuador

Alfredo Hernández  - Ecuador 

Alfredo Pincay Tomalá - Ecuador

Alicia Hidalgo Barrera - Ecuador

Alonso Guevara  - Ecuador 

Amada Garcés  - Holanda

Amparito Torres León  - Ecuador 

Ana Levstein - Argentina

Anastasia Maldonado  - Ecuador 

Andrea Guillem  - Ecuador

Andrés Chiriboga - Ecuador

Andres Franco  - Ecuador 

Angel Checa - Ecuador

Angel Correa  - Ecuador

Angel Daniel Astudillo Hurtado - Ecuador

Ángel Guapulema - Ecuador

Angela Pazmiño - Ecuador 

Angélica Oñate Robalino  - Alemania 

Anita Argüello  - Ecuador

Antonio Malo Larrea - Ecuador

Anyeline Torres - Ecuador

Armando Castro - Ecuador

Atenea Castillo - Uruguay

Augusto Malpartida - Perú

Aura Cotacachi - Ecuador

Avelina Rogel  - Ecuador

Benito Loaysa  - Ecuador 

Bethy Gonzaga - Ecuador

Blanca Haro - Ecuador

Blanca López Torres - Ecuador

Blanchy Zambrano - Quito

Byron Pinchupa  - Ecuador

Camilo Duque  - Italia 

Camilo Ramirez Dominguez - Ecuador

Carla Cevallos  - Ecuador 

Carlos Arturo Corella  - Ecuador 

Carlos Cornejo  - Ecuador

Carlos González  - Ecuador 

Carlos Méndez  - Ecuador 

Carlos Olives  - Ecuador 

Carlos Raúl Ortiz Patiño  - Ecuador 

Carlos Urquizo  - Ecuador 

Carme Ibarra - Ecuador

Carolina Graterol - United Kingdom

Catalina Vásconez  - Ecuador

Cecilia Israel - Perú

Cecilia Molina  - Ecuador 

César Augusto Correa - Ecuador.

César Daniel Velasquez Mendoza - Ecuador

Cesar Medina - EE.UU

César Muñoz Iturralde - Ecuador

Cesar Stalin Perez - Ecuador

Chenai Mukumba - Kenya

Chiara Mariotti - Belgium

Ciro Gutierrez - USA

Claudina Ortiz - Ecuador

Conchi Garcia Simon  - España 

Consuelo Castellanos - Ecuador

Consuelo fernandez - Ecuador

Cristian Bacuilima - Ecuador

Cristina  Macas - Ecuador 

Cristina Arraga - Argentina

Cristina Burbano - Ecuador

Cristina Morocho  - Ecuador 

Cruz De Janon Rivadeneira - Ecuador 

Damian Vasquez - Ecuador

Daniel Elías Montaño Tello - Ecuador

Daniel Vicuña Regalado - Ecuador

Danny Jiménez - Ecuador

Danny Pardo - Ecuador

Danny Rodolfo Ochoa Ruiz - Ecuador

David Alomoto - Ecuador

David Chávez - Ecuador

David Lainez Checa  - Ecuador 

Delfa Mantilla Pacheco - Ecuador

Denisse Araya Castelli - Chile

Diego Bosquez - Ecuador 

Diego Tapia - Ecuador

Dirce Conrado Veiga - Itália

Dolores Bolaños - Ecuador

Eddy Antonio Pacheco  - Ecuador 

Edgar Chávez - Ecuador

Edgar Ortiz Ramos - Ecuador

Edison Chasi - Ecuador

Edison Montalván Escobar  - Ecuador 

Edith Kiara Manzano Estrella - Ecuador

Edmundo Albornoz  - Suecia 

Edmundo Paredes  - Ecuador 

Eduardo Argudo - Ecuador

Eduardo Arturo  - Ecuador

Eduardo Bravo - Ecuador

Elena Altieri - Chile

Elena Lavanda - Bélgica 

Elizabeth Fernandez - Ecuador

Elizabeth Palacios O - Ecuador

Elizabeth Verdesoto - Ecuador

Embajador Horacio Sevilla Borja  - Ecuador

Emiliano Montoya  - Ecuador 

Emma Burgisser - United Kingdom

Enma Virginia Macas Collaguazo  - Ecuador 

Enrique Fabián Sánchez de la Vega  - Ecuador 

Enrique Navarrete  - Ecuador 

Erik Roberto Novillo Zambrano  - Ecuador 

Erika Sylva Charvet  - Ecuador 

Ernesto Agurto  - Ecuador

Ernesto Cañizares Aguilar - Ecuador

Ernesto Delgado - Ecuador

Ernesto Toledo Arévalo - Ecuador

Esmeralda Gómez  - Ecuador

Esmeralda Sánchez  - Ecuador 

Esmildt Pinchupa - Ecuador

Estela Cáceres  - Ecuador

Esther Garzón - Escuador 

Eulalia Freire Solano - Ecuador

Fabíola Schwob - France 

Fausto Paspuel Revelo - Ecuador

Felipe Arauz - Canadá 

Félix Paz. - Ecuador

Fernando Caravajo  - Ecuador 

Fernando Haro - Ecuador

Fernando Mora - Ecuador 

Fernando Zambrano - Ecuador

Flor Cabrera - EEUU 

Francesca Emanuele - EEUU

Francis Sánchez  - Ecuador 

Francisco Verdesoto  - Ecuador 

Franklin Fernando Sánchez Mena  - Ecuador

Franklin Ruiz  - Ecuador

Franklin Sánchez Mensa - Ecuador

Freddy Sánchez - Quito

Gaby Micaela Costa Ullauri - Ecuador

Galo Huatatoca  - Ecuador 

Gayne Villagomez  - Ecuador

Genoveva Almeida - Ecuador

Geoff Goodwin - United Kingdom

Geovanni Augusto Jaramillo Barros  - Ecuador 

Germán Castillo Mena - Ecuador

Germán Niño - Colombia

Gina Chavez Vallejo - Ecuador

Giovanna Tassi  - Ecuador

Gissela Guilcamaigua - Ecuador

Gladis Velez  - Ecuador 

Gregorio Morales - Ecuador

Guadalupe  - Ecuador 

Guadalupe Zambrano - Ecuador

Guillermo iparaguirre - Argentina

Gustavo Bulla - Argentina

Héctor Garzón González  - Ecuador 

Hector Valladarez  - Ecuador 

Heidy Lara  - Ecuador 

Henrry Ulloa  - Ecuador

Heraldo Orrego - Ecuador

Heras Zambrano Andrea - Ecuador

Hugo Alfredo Lescano - Argentina

Hugo Arias - Ecuador

Hugo Mena - Ecuador

Humberto Campos Cuadrao - Perú 

Ian Vélez - Ecuador

Iliana Chiriboga  - Ecuador

Inti andy  - Ecuador 

Iris Barahona  - Ecuador 

Isabel Cando V.  - Ecuador

Isabel Ramos - Ecuador 

Isabel Ubillos - Ecuador

Italo Fermin Pincay Franco  - Ecuador 

Iva Dimitrova - Bulgaria

Ivan Salazar Tello  - Ecuador 

Jackelin Mariasol Verdezoto Salazar  - Ecuador 

Jacqueline Fuentes  - Ecuador 

Jahiren Noriega Donoso - Ecuador

Jaime Fernando Maggi Silva - Ecuador

Jaime Machoa - Ecuador 

Jaime Vásconez  - Ecuador 

Jair Mejia Guerrero - Perú

Jairo abad - Ecuador

Javier Hurtares  - Ecuador 

Jean Saldanha - Belgium

Jenniffer Candela - Ecuador

Jenny Diaz - Ecuador

Jesús Jara - Ecuador

Jesus Tambo - Ecuador 

Jhaqueline Ortega - Ecuador

Jimmy Pesántez Encalada  - Alemania 

Joel Ponce - Ecuador

Johnatan Patricio Najera Collantes - Ecuador

Jonathan Contreras  - Ecuador 

Jorge Bonilla Macas  - Ecuador

Jorge Cáceres E - Ecuador

Jorge Campozano  - EE.UU 

Jorge Coronado Marroquin  - Costa Rica

Jorge Díaz - Ecuador

Jorge Eduardo Encarnación Ramírez - Ecuador

Jorge Guzmán  - Ecuador 

Jorge López  - Ecuador 

Jorge Luis Ren Vélez  - Ecuador 

Jorge Noboa - Ecuador

Jorge Pazo  - Ecuador

Jorge Romero  - Ecuador 

Jorge Washington villacis - Guayaquil Ecuador

José Antonio Heredia López  - coordinador político 

Jose Cardenas - Ecuador

Jose Cowue - Ecuador 

José Fernando Castillo Briceño - Perú

José Luis Aguiar Sánchez  - Ecuador

José Manuel Chaglla  - Fuera laso fuera 

Jose Miguel Acosta - Ecuador

José Naranjo - Ecuador

José Valladarez - Ecuador

José Villareal - Ecuador

Juan Arias Ávila - Perú

Juan Carlos Cañar Cuenca  - Ecuador 

Juan Carlos Egas Ramírez  - Ecuador 

Juan Carlos Llumipanta - United States

Juan Carlos Perrone Coronel - Ecuador

Juan Carlos Ramírez  - Ecuador 

Juan Domínguez  - Ecuador

Juan Gualotuña Saavedra - Ecuador

Juan Haro - Ecuador

Juan Tenezaca - Ecuador

Juan Vergara  - Ecuador 

Juan Virgilio Nazareno Quiñonez  - Ecuador

Juan Zerna Asencio - Ecuador

Julio Haro M  - Ecuador 

Katheriny Nicolt Rodriguez Oswaldo - Peru

Kelber Antonio Bermúdez Bermúdez  - Ecuador

Kintto Lucas - Ecuador - Uruguay

Klever Chanaluisa - Ecuador

Larry López - Ecuador

Lauro Gualan - Ecuador

Lays Ushirobira - Brasil

Lenin Fabricio Rojas Oviedo  - Ecuador 

Lenny Cecibel Chancay Reyes - Ecuador

Leonor Ampudia Carrera  - Ecuador.

Leslie Salgado  - United States

Lidy Nacpil - Philippines

Ligia Valdivieso  - Ecuador 

Lorena Katiushka Soria Ordóñez - Ecuador

Lorena Loja - Ecuador

Lourdes Chamaidan Romo  - Ecuador 

Lucrecia Maldonado - Ecuador

Luis Alberto Parrales Marcillo - Ecuador

Luis Arturo Mendieta  - Ecuador

Luis Caiza - Ecuador

Luis Campoverde - Ecuador

Luis Cubillos  - Ecuador 

Luis Ernesto Guerra - Ecuador

Luis Gasloli - Argentina

Luis Jaramillo - Ecuador

Luis Jimbo - Ecuador 

Luis Moreno - Perú

Luis Napoleón Urresta Rosero - Ecuador

Luis Perugachi - Ecuador

Luis Quishpe  - Ecuador 

Luis Ricardo Arauz M. - Ecuador

Luis Supliguicha - Ecuador

Luis Tinoco  - USA 

Luke Holland - France

Luz María Aguirre - Ecuador

Luz Marina Quintana Aguirre - Ecuador

Lydia Magdalena Medina -  Ecuador 

Manuel Antonio Zhigui Loja - Ecuador

Manuel Mendoza - Ecuador

Manuel Nieto - Ecuador

Manuel Tobías  - Ecuador 

Mao Bolívar Moreno Lara - Ecuador 

Marco Cevallos - Ecuador

Marco Freire - Ecuador

Marco Pilataxi - Ecuador

Marco Vintimilla  - Ecuador 

Margarita Rojas  - Ecuador  Quito

Margot Alomia - Ecuador

María Augusta Muñoz Zhunio - Ecuador 

Maria Bermeo - Ecuador

María Cabezas - Ecuador

Maria Caguana Villalta  - Ecuador 

Maria Canacuan - Ecuador

María de los Ángeles Páez Salvador - Ecuador

María Duarte  - Ecuador

Maria Elena Márquez Paredes - Ecuador

María Elena. Salazar Alavac - Ecuador Quito

Maria Eugenia Villarreal  - Guatemala

Maria Landazuri - Ecuador

Maria Lourdes Silva - Ecuador

Maria Maldonado - Ecuador

Maria Morales - Ecuador

María Quichimbo  - Ecuador 

María Quiroz - Ecuador

Mariana Ramirez  - Ecuador

Mariela Parisi - Argentina

Mariela Perez Moncayo - Ecuador

Mariella Rodriguez - Ecuador

Marisol Falcones - Ecuador

Marlon Heredia - Ecuador

Matti Kohonen - United Kingdom

Máximo Valverde - Ecuador

Mayra Crean - Inglaterra

Mercedes De La Torre - Canadá 

Mercy Justina García Reto - Ecuador

Mery G. Herrera - Ecuador

Miguel Ángel Carlosama - Ecuador

Miguel Ramirez - Ecuador

Miguel Vera Rivera - Ecuador

Milton Álvarez  - Ecuador 

Miriam Blanca Rodríguez Rodríguez  - Ecuador 

Mirian Rosado - Ecuador 

Miryan Buitron - Ecuador

Monica Feijoo - Ecuador

Mónica Pacheco  - Ecuador 

Nancy Carrillo - Ecuador

Nancy Fiallo - EEUU

Nancy Haro - Ecuador

Nancy Tipan  - Ecuador 

Napoleón Peralta  - Ecuador 

Narcisa Quevedo Mora - Ecuador 

Nathaly Pinto - Ecuador-Finlandia

Navin Costa - Ecuador

Nelly Miño - Ecuador

Nelson Benítez  - Estados Unidos

Nelson Tamayo  - Ecuador 

Nidia Solorzano - Canada

Nilsa Ferrer  - United States

Ninfa Suárez  - Ecuador 

Nixon Bolivar Zapata Monar - Ecuador

Nuevo Perú Estados Unidos - Estados Unidos

Olga Salazar - Belgica

Ordoñez isabel  - Ecuador 

Orlando Pérez  - Ecuador 

Oscar López. - Perú

Oscar Paredes  - Ecuador 

Oscar Ugarteche  - México 

Oswaldo Galarza - Ecuador

Oswaldo Herrera Soto  - Costa Rica

Pablo José Iturralde - Ecuador

Pablo Onofre  - Ecuador 

Pablo Pazmiño - Ecuador

Pablo Pazmiño Neyra - Ecuador 

Paolina Vercoutère  - Ecuador 

Patricia Alvarado - Ecuador

Patricia Cardenas  - Ecuador 

Patricia Cervantes  - Ecuador 

Patricia de la Torre  - Ecuador 

Patricia Medina  - Ecuador

Patricio Baño - Ecuador 

Patricio Ramos - New York 

Pedro Bonilla - Ecuador

Pedro Tomas Arevalo Torres  - Noruega 

Pedro zapata  - Ecuador

Perla Adrián  - Guayaquil 

Pilar Ferreyra - Argentina

Rafael Tana - Ecuador 

Ramón Constante - Ecuador

Raquel Rosero Bedoya - Ecuador

Raúl Arias - Ecuador

Raúl Minchala - Ecuador

Reinaldo Roca - Ecuador 

Renato Erazo - Ecuador

Renier Canales Medina  - Costa Rica

Renzo Troncoso  - Ecuador

Ricky Manzano - Ecuador

Rita soto - Ecuador

Roberto Arturo Sanchez - Ecuador

Roberto Mora - Ecuador

Roberto Perea  - Ecuador

Rocío Guevara - Ecuador

Romel Jurado  - Ecuador 

Romina Barrionuevo - Argentina

Rosa Blanca Ponce - Ecuador

Rosa Florín - Ecuador

Rosa Pacheco Guevara - Ecuador

Rosa Soto - Ecuador

Rosa Zambrano - Ecuador

Rosamaria Calderón Carranza - Ecuador 

Rosi Asimbaya - Ecuador

Rosita Paladines  - Ecuador 

Ruth Almeida - Ecuador

Ruth Elvira Sanchez  - Ecuador

Ruth Herrera  - Ecuador 

sadra cordova - Bélgica

Sandra Guerrero - Ecuador

Sascha Hennig - Germany

Saul Quinto Miranda  - Ecuador 

Sebastián Racines - Ecuador

Segundo Calahorrano - Ecuador

Segundo Javier Taipe Toasa - España

Segundo Quito - Ecuador

Segundo Vallejo Gellibert - Ecuador

Silvia Baho - Ecuador

Silvia Jara  - Ecuador 

Silvia Mariela Mendez Pado - Ecuador

Silvia Vera  - Ecuador 

Sofia Aguirre - Ecuador

Sofía Romero Yánez  - Ecuador 

Soledad Cadena - Ecuador

Sonia Esilda Coronel  - Ecuador

Susana Sel - Argentina

Tania Tapia Ledesma - Ecuador

Tania Tapia Ledesma - Ecuador 

Tania Túqueres  - Ecuador 

Teresa Caiza - Ecuador

Teresa Escandon Solis - Ecuador

Teresa Jumbo  - Ecuador 

Vanessa Elizabeth Freire Villamarin - Ecuador

Verónica Herrera - Ecuador 

Verónica Icaza - Ecuador

Vicente Angulo  - Ecuador 

Vicente Velastegui - Ecuador

Vicente Vuele  - Provincia de Loja

Victor Chipantisa  - Ecuador 

Victor Hugo Rojas  - Ecuador 

Víctor Tobar - Ecuador

Víctor Zambrano - Ecuador

Vidya Dinker - India

Viñachi Chicaiza Zeida Esperanza - Ecuador

Virginia Valencia - Italia 

Walter Guachichulca - Ecuador

Walter Quiñónez - Ecuador 

Walter Villeda - Canada

Washington Aigaje - Ecuador 

Wilfrido Gonzalez - Ecuador

William Adelmo Garrido Correa  - Ecuador

William Hermel batallas.  - Ecuador

Wilma Córdova  - EEUU 

Wilson lucero - Ecuador

Wilson Ramiro García Avilés  - Ecuador

Wuilmer Quintana  - Ecuador 

Xiomara Alay - Venezuela

Yanira C. Ferrer - Puerto Rico

Yoni Maria Carrión Torres - Ecuador

Zita Cabrera Paredes - Ecuadir

Zoila Calderón Imbaquingo  - Ecuador 

Zoila M Ramírez L - Ecuador 

Zulema Contreras Muñoz - Chile

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