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HRD Attack

4 Oct 2023

Diana Montoya - ASTAC

Incident date
4 Oct 2023
Date accuracy
All Correct
Diana Montoya
Asociación Sindical de Trabajadores Agrícolas y Campesinos (ASTAC)
Union, Women
Death threats
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Ecuador


Maricela Guzmán, Diana Montoya and Miriam Ternoz of ASTAC, the Trade Union Association of Agricultural Workers and Farmers (Asociación Sindical de Trabajadores Agrícolas y Campesinos), received identical Whatsapp messages in which the senders threatened to kill them. The message included detailed information about the defenders' family members and addresses. The three women were told to refrain from defending workers' rights and not to interfere with the interests of the banana companies.

ASTAC has been working to improve labour rights, health and safety issues and environmental impacts related to the banana sector for more than a decade. In 2018, ASTAC coordinator Jorge Acosta received death threats, and has also faced legal threats.