Bolivian President Evo Morales wrote on Twitter Sunday urging the international community to “defend” the life of former Ecuadorean Vice President Jorge Glas.
Glas has been on hunger strike for the past 15 days in Latacunga maximum security prison to which he was recently transferred as he serves six years being found guilty of illicit association to collect bribes from a Brazilian company Odebrecht.
“We're very worried for the health of our brother @JorgeGlas, former VP of #Ecuador, who is in his 15th day of #HungerStrike for defending his human rights that are being violated. We make an urgent call to the international community to defend his life #ResisteGlas,” wrote Evo Morales.
Muy preocupados por la salud del Hno. @JorgeGlas, vicepresidente electo de #Ecuador, que está en el día 15 de #HuelgaDeHambre por defender sus derechos humanos que están siendo vulnerados. Hacemos un llamado urgente a la comunidad internacional para preservar su vida #ResisteGlas pic.twitter.com/hHr3tdaxfq— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) November 4, 2018
Glas began his hunger strike after being transferred to the Latacunga maximum security prison on Oct. 22, according to h his lawyer Eduardo Franco Loor.
We inform "the country and the international community that the former vice-president @jorgeglas is in deplorable, subhuman conditions, which is why he had declared himself on hunger strike. We hold the authorities responsible for his physical security and for his life," Franco Loor said on his Twitter account.
Glas was in Prison 4, Quito before he was transferred to the maximum security prison after former Secretary of Communication, Fernando Alvarado escaped his house arrest.
Legislative Paola Cabezas wrote that Glas’ life is in danger as the hunger strike is deteriorating his health rapidly. Evo Morales called on the international community to protect his life and human rights.