The criminalization of the Marañón River defenders started in 2014 as a consequence of mobilizations and public complaints where the communities claimed how they would be harmed by the hydroelectric project Chadin 2.
The formulation of this projects was developed without knowledge of the ecological importance of the river, and without consulting with local communities that would be affected.
EarthRights International defended a group of 'ronderos' who were being subject to criminal persecution and stigmatization for their rights to access to environmental information and freedom of expression and association.
Even though there was a favorable result in court towards the claims from Odebrecht, this took several years where the 'ronderos' received threats and suffered violence against them and their families.
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