César Estrada Chuquilin

César Estrada is a human rights defender from Peru. He is a journalist and a member of the Red de Comunicadores Indigenas del Perú – REDCIP (Network of Indigenous Communicators in Peru).

He has reported on several human rights violations concerning land disputes in his native region and environmental issues related to the Conga Mining Project in the region of Cajamarca. Indeed, the soil of his region contains valuable minerals which atract many international investors.

César Estrada's work highlighted the lack of consultation of local indigenous communities on mining projects. The opposition of these communities to these projects has led to repression from State authorities and private security groups.
 

Demonstration against the Conga Project

Owing to his human rights work, César Estrada and his family has been attacked in several occasions. He survived an assassination attempt in 2015 and has sufferedsmear campaigns, harrassement and surveillance.

He has also been a victim of judicial harassment and he's currently being accused of the kidnapping of a business woman, theft and financial irregularities.

 

In recognition of his courageous work, César Estrada was awarded the Martine Anstett prize in 2016.
 

UN Special Rapporteur during the Martine Anstett Prize Ceremony

© Prix Martine Anstett

 

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