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Leonidas Iza Salazar

Leonidas Iza Salazar

HRD, President
Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE)

Leonidas Iza Salazar is an indigenous Kichwa Panzaleco human rights defender and current president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE). He has more than 15 years of experience in the Indigenous Movement of Ecuador and as a human rights defender for indigenous peoples, the environment and peasant sectors.


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. Recent incidents have shown that the situation for human rights defenders in Ecuador is precarious.