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Luis Quintero

HRD, Trustee
Barranquilla Commune of San Javier

Luis Quintero was a trustee in 2019 of the Barranquilla Commune of San Javier in the province of Esmeraldas. He is an Afro-descendant leader and defender of human, labour and environmental rights who was prosecuted for the protest carried out by the Barranquilla community against the company Energy & Palma, for the illegal occupation of 251 hectares of communal territory by the palm plantation. Despite being under a complex treatment of surgeries and chemotherapy for cancer, on 8 September 2021 he was sentenced and criminalised together with three defenders, in the first instance, to pay 151,000 US dollars to the palm oil company for exercising his right to protest and to defend the environment.


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.