|Jennifer Josef, ILGA-ASIA|
|Jennifer Josef, ILGA-ASIA|
The world is just waking up to a horrific situation. Right now, hundreds of illegal clinics in Ecuador are holding young women captive to be raped, tortured, starved and beaten by so-called "health care professionals". Why? The clinics claim that lesbians are "sick" and they offer a brutal cure.
While the government of Ecuador made a show of shutting down nearly 30 clinics this summer, our friends there are saying that over 200 still exist across the country -- holding young women against their will. Hundreds of young people are still at risk, but if you and other All Out members raise your voice, we can shut down these clinics for good.
Will you add your name to the global call to shut down the clinics? We'll deliver our demand directly to the Ecuadorian president, as well as the president of the the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights -- and make sure these illegal clinics are shut down once and for all. If President Correa, a leader who's staked his reputation on a series of progressive positions, knows the international community is watching closely, he'll be pushed to act: www.allout.org/ecuadorclinics
These "cure the gay away" clinics persist all over the world, despite the fact that all major international psychiatric and medical associations have discredited them, and even called them damaging to people's health. Only a few weeks ago, a young woman in Ecuador told the press she was held in one of the facilities for months where she was sexually abused and humiliated, with guards throwing water and urine on her. Thankfully, with the help of her mother, she was freed.
But many women have not been able to get out.
Some confused parents are forcing young people to be "quarantined" in these dangerous clinics, but a fact remains: they are illegal. Voters in Ecuador approved a progressive constitution supporting gays rights -- including federal civil unions for same sex couples. The country also has strong laws to punish violence against women. But despite the legal protections on the books, these dangerous clinics are falling through the cracks.
Activists in Ecuador, and their partners at Change.org and Credo have been petitioning the Health Minister to shut down these clinics. But the responsibility to take action also rests with the man Ecuadorian voters elected to uphold the rule of law - President Rafael Correa. Sign this urgent letter to the Ecuadorian president, and we'll deliver it to him with our partners in Ecuador - demanding these illegal clinics are shut down once and for all. President Correa needs to know that international pressure is building right now, and that ignoring this issue won't make it go away: www.allout.org/ecuadorclinics