Stop the torture of innocent women in Ecuador.

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"There are 207 clinics in Ecuador that rape, torture, starve, and chain lesbians in an attempt to make them straight. These clinics commit mass human rights violations against innocent women every day, and I demand that you investigate and shut down all of the remaining ex-lesbian clinics."
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Stop human rights abuses in Ecuador.

Dear Friend,

It's shocking that this is happening in 2011: At 207 "clinics" across Ecuador, lesbians are held captive, raped, tortured, starved and beaten in an attempt to make them straight.1

But far from being clandestine, this systematic brutalization of women happens in plain sight, with the tacit approval of the government of Ecuador.

Speak out to stop this unconscionable treatment of innocent women. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The government of Ecuador has made some important progressive gains in recent years — in fact, the country recently adopted a new constitution that includes explicit protections for people based on sexual orientation. With such a progressive constitution when it comes to protections for its gay and lesbian citizens, international pressure could help prioritize this issue for the government of Ecuador and help shut down these so-called "clinics."

The Ecuadoran government already knows that these clinics exist and is sensitive to international public pressure — it already shut down a small handful of clinics and invited survivors to come forward in response to public outrage when the international press first learned of the existence of these clinics.

But there are still over 200 clinics actively brutalizing lesbians in Ecuador. And we have to keep the pressure on the Ecuadoran government until it closes every single clinic that continues to facilitate the torture and rape of women.

Tell Ecuadoran Minister of Public Health Dr. David Chiriboga that the torture and rape of lesbians cannot continue. Demand that he investigate and shut down all remaining 207 ex-lesbian "clinics." Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Paola Ziritti was one of the many women who were placed in one of the ex-lesbian programs. After learning Paola was raped and starved, her mother attempted to remove her from the program — but Paola's "doctors" wouldn't release her for over a year following her mother's appeal to bring her home.

The barbaric practice of holding women against their will and torturing them because of their sexual orientation has to stop. Put simply, there is no moral or medical justification for clinics that employ horrendous tactics in order to "cure" these women and turn them "back to normal."

The Ecuadoran Minister of Public Health has the ability to investigate and shut down the remaining 207 clinics.

He needs to know that the eyes of the international community are on Ecuador, and that we won't stop pressuring him until the government upholds the protections guaranteed in the Constitution and shuts down every one of the remaining clinics.

Tell Ecuadoran Minister of Public Health Dr. David Chiriboga that the torture and rape of lesbians cannot continue. Demand that he investigate and shut down all remaining 207 ex-lesbian "clinics." Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Thank you for speaking out against the human rights abuses in Ecuador.

Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. Survivors of many of these clinics all report the same "treatment program" that includes rape, starvation, and handcuffing.
"Lesbians Escape From Ecuador's 'Ex-Gay' Torture Centers," The Advocate, 10-7-2011.


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