• After being re-elected to a third term in February 2013, President Rafael Correa promulgated a sweeping new Communications Law in June regulating broadcast and print media, which undercuts press freedom. The Correa government continues to subject members of the media to public recrimination. Prosecutors use overly broad counterterrorism and sabotage offences against government critics who engage in public protests. Other ongoing problems include vaguely worded restrictions affecting civil society organizations, and asylum application procedures that do not provide rigorous safeguards that international standards require. 

  • Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold banners during a political rally against the government of Ecuador's President Correa in Quito, Ecuador, on September 18, 2014.
    Security forces used excessive force to disperse largely peaceful demonstrations in Quito, Ecuador on September 17 and 18, 2014, arbitrarily detaining and beating protesters. Based on interviews and written testimony, dozens of detainees suffered serious physical abuse, including severe beatings, kicks, and electric shocks, during arrest and in detention.

Ecuador

  • Oct 20, 2014
    Security forces used excessive force to disperse largely peaceful demonstrations in Quito, Ecuador on September 17 and 18, 2014, arbitrarily detaining and beating protesters. Based on interviews and written testimony, dozens of detainees suffered serious physical abuse, including severe beatings, kicks, and electric shocks, during arrest and in detention.
  • Jul 14, 2014
    The National Assembly should modify provisions in its constitutional reform proposal to ensure that it respects Ecuador’s international human rights obligations.
  • Jun 26, 2014
  • Jun 26, 2014
    Member states of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) should press the Venezuelan government to immediately address the serious human rights problems the country is facing.
  • Jun 16, 2014
    Ecuador should revoke a presidential decree that includes provisions that violate basic rights of refugees under international law.
  • Jun 16, 2014
  • Jan 30, 2014

    (Washington, DC) – The detention of a former police commander wanted by Ecuador for crimes against humanity is a positive step, Human rights Watch said today. Edgar Vaca, police commander during the presidency of León Febres Cordero, from 1984 to 1988, was detained in Washington, DC, on January 28, 2014.

  • Jan 29, 2014
  • Jan 29, 2014

    The judicial reform process in Ecuador poses a very serious threat to the country’s judicial independence, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Gustavo Jalkh, president of the Council of the Judiciary.

  • Dec 6, 2013

    The administration of President Rafael Correa should reverse its decision to shut down a local environmental and indigenous rights group. The administration should revoke the recent presidential decree granting the government sweeping powers to oversee and dissolve independent organizations, undermining freedom of association and expression.