Advocates for indigenous people in Ecuador have appealed to the government to pardon and release more than 177 activists and leaders who were arrested last month for participating in protests. Indigenous peoples face the highest levels of poverty in Ecuador, with little access to health care, justice or education.
Ecuador’s government has called out the U.S. government on multiple human rights failures in a rejection of a recent annual report issued by the U.S. State Department. Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry rejected the report Friday in a statement on its official online portal, calling on the U.S. “to demonstrate a real commitment to international human rights law” through adhering to treaties it has so far refused to sign.
After a decade of landmark reductions in poverty and inequality, Ecuadorians voted for a runoff election between two presidential candidates with vastly different approaches to reviving the nation’s economy. To win the first round of the election, left-wing candidate Lenín Moreno needed to secure at least 40 percent of the vote and maintain a 10-point lead over his conservative party opponent Guillermo Lasso.
Ahead of the presidential elections, Ecuador is rolling out a plan to make it easier and safer for people with disabilities to cast their votes. The campaign was launched Wednesday by the Electoral Council, the Disability Council and the Federation of Taxi Drivers. It gives citizens the option of voting from home, skipping lines at the voting center and assistance for those requiring help with the voting process.
An indigenous group in northeast Ecuador said it has detained 11 government soldiers who were traveling through its territory in a canoe amid an ongoing dispute with the government over land rights.
Even before a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Ecuador on Saturday, leaving a path of destruction estimated…
Ecuador and Peru have agreed to create what is being dubbed the region’s first bi-national biosphere reserve on their shared…