Farmers Evicted Despite Entitlement to Land

What is affected
Housing private
Land Private
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 June 2006
Region LAC [ Latin America/Caribbean ]
Country Ecuador
Location Yucca, Palenque Canto

Affected persons

Total 255
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
all were farmer families
Proposed solution
Forced eviction

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative Source: COHRE
In June 2006, police forcibly evicted at least 32 farming families from their land in Yucca in Palenque Canton. The farmers had lived on the land for several decades, had paid taxes on it and a number were in possession of documents proving their entitlement to the land. Several authorities condemned the eviction and blamed
former Governor Néstor Coello for ordering the National Institute of Agricultural Development (INDA) to carry out the eviction. The operation was marked by violence, several cases of abuse against the farmers were reported and some people were injured. Police demolished the farmers’ houses and burnt their equipment.

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