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Ecuador to release up to 2,000 prisoners to reduce overcrowding in detention centres

Ecuador will pardon as many as 2,000 prisoners, the head of the country’s prison authority has announced, as the South American nation seeks to reduce overcrowding in its detention centres after a deadly riot this week. Bolivar Garzon, director of the SNAI prison authority, said on Friday that the government would prioritise elderly and female […]

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At least 116 people killed in fight between rival gangs in Ecuador’s prison

At least 116 people are now known to have died in a fight between rival gangs in Ecuador’s jail, officials say, making it the worst prison violence in the country’s history. At least five inmates were decapitated in Tuesday’s clashes in the city of Guayaquil, while others were shot dead. Police commander Fausto Buenaño says […]

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Ecuadorian court rules in favor of revoking citizenship of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

An Ecuadorian court ruled in favor of revoking the citizenship of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a judgment published by the Judicial Branch of Ecuador. The court’s decision nullified Assange’s status as a naturalized citizen of Ecuador, which was granted to him in December 2017 by then-President Lenín Moreno. Carlos Poveda, Assange’s lawyer in […]

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Ecuador: 27 inmates killed in prison riots, government declares state of emergency

Twenty-seven inmates were killed in riots in two jails in Ecuador this week that forced the government to declare a state of emergency. President Guillermo Lasso had issued the order “to mobilise all necessary human and economic resources to re-establish order” in Ecuador’s prisons after violence erupted on Wednesday at jails in Guayas, in southwestern […]

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Giant tortoise thought extinct a century ago found living in Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands

The giant tortoise Ecuador found in 2019 in the Galápagos Islands is a species considered extinct a century ago. The Galapagos National Park is preparing an expedition to search for more of the giant tortoises in an attempt to save the species. The turtle was found two years ago on Fernandina Island, one of the […]

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Darwin’s Arch: Famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands has collapsed

A famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands known as Darwin’s Arch collapsed on 16 May 2021, leaving two pillars. The Ecuadoran Ministry of Environment said it was due to “natural erosion”. “The collapse of Darwin’s Arch, the attractive natural bridge found less than a kilometre from the main area of Darwin Island, was reported,” […]

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Ecuador customs officials rescue 185 baby tortoises from smugglers

The customs department in Ecuador rescued 185 baby tortoises packed inside a suitcase that was being sent from the Galápagos Islands to the mainland on Sunday. The reptiles were wrapped in plastic and were found during a routine inspection at the main airport on the island of Baltra. Officials said ten of them had died. […]

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Gang war inside Ecuador jails leaves at least 75 inmates dead

At least 75 inmates died in three jails in Ecuador, one of the deadliest fighting recorded in years. Authorities deployed military and riot police to quell the violence that started on Tuesday. Officials suspect the fights were prompted by a battle for control of the jails after a gang leader was killed in December. The […]

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Ecuador clinic busted for injecting thousands with fake Covid-19 vaccine

An alternate medical centre in Ecuador was caught administering thousands of fake COVID-19 vaccines and was shut down by police. The local government informed that the health clinic in Quito were administering fake vaccines to tens of thousands of patients. The facility was raided by police and health officials on Tuesday. Quito security chief César […]

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ILLEGAL Chinese fishing vessels STRAY near UNESCO heritage site

The Chilean Navy is closely watching Chinese fishing vessels in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), authorities say. A Chinese fishing fleet has been accused by conservation group Oceana of “pillaging” the waters off the Galapagos Islands for squid. The fleet is made up of more than 400 fishing vessels, of which 11 are currently in […]

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Indigenous Amazon tribe SUES Chinese oil firm for contaminating their ancestral lands

An indigenous Amazon tribe has filed a lawsuit against state-owned Chinese oil company PetroOriental in Ecuador, accusing it of contaminating their ancestral lands by burning off natural gas from oil wells. “Our very survival is threatened as a result of climate change.” “We have seen our way of life altered forever,” the complaint of the […]

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China bans fishing off Galapagos Islands, after 260 Chinese boats strayed near UNESCO heritage site

China has banned its vessels from fishing off the Galapagos Marine Reserve from September to November, after Ecuador expressed concern over a massive fleet in the area. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin in a press conference on Thursday said that China and Ecuador have been “maintaining friendly communication through bilateral channels” on the matter. Ecuador […]