Ecuador: Community leaders sentenced for protesting

Index Number: AMR 28/005/2012

On 14 August 2012, the National Court of Ecuador sentenced community leaders Carlos Pérez, Federico Guzmán, and Efraín Arpi to eight days in prison for blocking a road during a protest against proposed legislation that the men claim would affect their community’s access to water and was not adequately consulted on. A warrant for their arrest is due to be issued. This ruling shows how the criminal justice system is being used to deter public protests.

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