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Andrés Arce

HRD, Farmer
Chillaví del Ceibo

Andrés Arce is a farmer, human rights and environmental defender from the Afro-descendant community of Chillaví del Ceibo, which is part of the Barranquilla de San Javier Commune in the province of Esmeraldas. In 2019, the commune held a peaceful protest in protest against the appropriation of more than 251 hectares of collective land of their commune by the company Energy & Palma. On 8 September 2021, he was sentenced and criminalised along with three other defenders, in the first instance, to pay 151,000 US dollars to the palm oil company for exercising their right to protest.


Human rights defenders have been victims of a wide range of violations in Ecuador, such as police brutality, judicial harassment, arbitrary detentions, smear campaigns, threats, harassment and the oppression of indigenous and campesino communities.