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Ecuador: Indigenous Peoples’ rights activists at risk following leader's arrest

On 21 December, officers from the National Police force forced their way into the Interprovincial Federation of Shuar and Achuar Centres facilities in Morona Santiago and arrested their leader Agustín Wachapá. His arrest comes in addition to a series of acts of violence, harassment and pressure from the state authorities towards members of the Shuar Indigenous Peoples’ community due to their opposition to a copper mining project in Morona Santiago.

Date:
22 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Ecuador
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Ecuador: Community leaders accused of 'terrorism'

Manuel Trujillo and Manuela Pacheco, community leaders in San Pablo de Amalí, central Ecuador, are facing unsubstantiated charges of organized terrorism. These criminal proceedings appear to be an attempt to silence their campaigning to demand their community’s right to consultation on the construction of a hydroelectric plant which they claim will affect the community’s right to water.

Date:
13 January 2016
Ref:
AMR 28/3205/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ecuador: Sentenced after possible unfair trial

Twenty-one people among those detained during anti-government protests in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, have been sentenced following concerns of violations of their right to a fair trial. Amnesty International received reports during the protests of excessive use of force and clashes between the security forces and protestors, as well as arbitrary detentions.

Date:
11 December 2015
Ref:
AMR 28/3054/2015
  • Campaigns
  • Ecuador
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ecuador: Human rights defender faces harassment: Paulina Muñoz Samaniego

Human rights defender Paulina Muñoz Samaniego has been subjected to an intimidation campaign which she believes is related to her work with Ecuador Decide, a platform of civil society organizations which oppose the Free Trade Agreement between Ecuador and the European Union. She and other members of Ecuador Decide may be at risk.

Date:
11 August 2015
Ref:
AMR 28/2255/2015
  • Campaigns
  • Ecuador
  • Right to Water

Ecuador: Environmental activist charged with rebellion

Environmental activists, community leaders and brothers, Víctor Hugo and Darwin Javier Ramírez Piedra, have been charged with rebellion despite a lack of evidence against them. Darwin Javier has been in preventive detention since April 2014 and Victor Hugo is at large. The criminal proceedings against them appear to be an attempt to silence their campaigning against the impact of mining activities on their community’s right to water.

Date:
20 January 2015
Ref:
AMR 28/0001/2015
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Americas: Defending human rights in the Americas: necessary, legitimate and dangerous

Defending human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean continues to be a dangerous activity. Despite the fact that it is a human right recognized by international instruments, defending human rights has cost lives, physical integrity and freedom of hundreds of human rights defenders in the region. In the past few years, Amnesty International has documented killings, abductions, death threats, intimidation and an increased use of the legal system to intimidate and repress the defence of human rights throughout the region.

Date:
9 December 2014
Ref:
AMR 01/0003/2014