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Samir Mina Caicedo

HRD, Vice President
Parish Council of San Javier de Cachaví

They have made themselves the owners of our land, knowing that it is communal. The palm oil company affects us in every way, polluting the environment and not giving work to the people of the community. Now they are threatening us, they are suing us for claiming our rights.

Samir Mina Caicedo is the vice-president of the Parish Council of San Javier de Cachaví, Esmeraldas province. As an Afro-descendant community authority, he has supported his people's resistance so that the company Energy & Palma returns to the Barranquilla community the 151 hectares of collective territory that it illegally acquired. 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 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.