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Ecuador

  |  1 Aug 2014

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Attorney General Galo Chiriboga 9 July highlighted ongoing security crisis in northern provinces bordering Colombia during meeting with security agencies, reported homicide rates far exceeding national average in San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas province, and Putumayo, Sucumbíos province.

Ecuador

  |  1 Jun 2014

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On 24 May President Correa announced that he was backing a constitutional amendment which would allow him and other state representatives to run for re-election indefinitely.

Ecuador

  |  1 Aug 2013

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Security forces 3 July intercepted arms shipment in El Oro, 29 June recovered 1 surface-to-air missile in Sucumbíos; military sources said intended recipients were Colombian armed groups operating near border.

Ecuador

  |  1 Jul 2013

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Interior Minister Serrano 3 June said global war on drugs has failed, decriminalising drug use is logical policy response to problems associated with narco-trafficking; also said Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel is only foreign trafficking group with significant operations in Ecuador.

Ecuador

  |  1 May 2013

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Security forces 10 April exchanged fire with unknown illegal armed group on Colombian border, second such attack by groups in Sucumbíos province in less than a month.

Ecuador

  |  1 Mar 2013

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President Correa 17 Feb secured re-election with 56.7% of vote; runner-up Guillermo Lasso won 23%. Correa 19 Feb said his party likely won three quarters of seats in Congress, vowed to “steamroll” through reforms to entrench his “citizen’s revolution”. 

Ecuador

  |  1 Dec 2012

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President Correa registered his candidacy for re-election Feb 2013; 8 candidates will dispute Presidency; Correa ahead by 30 points in polls.  Read full entry, visit the CrisisWatch database for a list of all entries on Ecuador.

Ecuador

  |  1 Nov 2012

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International Press Institute 23 Oct said Ecuador’s private media outlets “being targeted” by govt. Armed forces mid-month arrested 5 suspected members of Colombian armed groups, handed over to Colombian authorities

Ecuador

  |  1 Oct 2012

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Govt requested UK to authorise transfer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Ecuadorean embassy in Sweden so he can respond to sex crimes allegations, in move to end diplomatic standoff with U.S..

Ecuador

  |  1 Sep 2012

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Ecuadorian embassy in UK 16 Aug granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange triggering diplomatic stand-off with UK govt. Ecuadorian National Electoral Council (CNE) 24 Aug began manual verification of submissions for party registration for 2013 election after attorney general received thousands of complaints regarding falsification of signatures.

Ecuador

  |  1 Aug 2012

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Amnesty International 17 July said judicial system being used by authorities to clamp down on indigenous and farmers’ leaders in attempt to prevent protests on environmental, land issues. Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists 17 July expressed concerns over further radio, TV station closures by govt.

Ecuador

  |  1 Jul 2012

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President Correa 10 June raised possibility of ministerial boycott of private media, closed 6 radio, 2 TV stations. Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) delegates 1 June accepted Ecuador’s proposal to create new regional human rights monitoring body.

Ecuador

  |  1 Jun 2012

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Govt deployed 10,000 soldiers across country to support police in crime-fighting, causing unease among soldiers who felt unprepared; head of Armed Forces announced plan to train 4,000 to fight crime. Authorities 7 May captured FARC leader (48th Front) Wilson Tapiero, alias “Dumar”, in Angostura province.

Ecuador

  |  1 May 2012

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President Correa 23 April appointed 6 new ministers, including new Defence Minister Miguel Carvajal, 24 April said organised crime top priority following report by military that it could soon “overwhelm country”.

Ecuador

  |  1 Apr 2012

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Late Feb army report raised alarm about increasing number of organised crime structures, rise in drug transit through country. Indigenous protesters arrived in Quito 22 March to protest against govt’s mining policy; pro-govt protesters also held demonstration in favour of proposed mining policy.

Ecuador

  |  1 Mar 2012

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President Correa 16 Feb won defamation case against El Universo newspaper; Emilio Palacio, former El Universo editor, 8 Feb requested asylum in U.S.; Correa 27 Feb issued Presidential pardon for controversial prison sentence against Palacio and two other El Universo directors accused in case.

Ecuador

  |  1 Feb 2012

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Final court appeal of El Universal newspaper, accused of defamation by President Correa, began 13 Jan; National Court of Justice suspended hearing 24 Jan following judge illness, said new panel of judges would be appointed. Protests against free speech restrictions continued. After Dec criticism of lack of press freedom by Inter-American Human Rights Commission Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Ecuador, Venezuela initiated proposal to weaken Rapporteur’s role; adopted in OAS session 25 Jan.

Ecuador

  |  2 Jan 2012

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President Correa 19 Dec met Colombian President Santos in first visit by Colombian president since 2008 air strike on FARC camp in Ecuador; agreed to set up 3rd border crossing point, reinforce fight against illegal mining.

Ecuador

  |  1 Dec 2011

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Andean Community of Nations leaders met in Bogota 8 Nov, committed to revitalize organization, following Ecuador’s Oct threat to withdraw over trade dispute with Colombia. Following complaints over alleged violations of freedom of expression, Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IAHCR) 8 Nov asked attorney general’s office for information on libel case against El Universo newspaper; President Correa accused IACHR of abusing its functions. Correa 10 Nov replaced 15 ministers in major cabinet reshuffle.

Ecuador

  |  1 Nov 2011

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Colombian truck drivers 3 Oct began blockade of Rumichaca border crossing, claiming unfair competition due to Ecuadorian fuel subsidies, restrictions on operations in Ecuador; Ecuador threatened withdrawal from Andean Community of Nations. Guayas Provincial Court 10 Oct suspended 3 year jail sentence and $40mn penalty for libel against El Universo journalist Emilio Palacio; follows Appeals Court’s ratification of sentence in Sept.

Ecuador

  |  1 Oct 2011

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Sucumbíos court 8 Sept issued arrest warrants for 6 Colombian military and police officials including current head of police linked to 2008 bombing of FARC camp in Ecuador, after they failed to appear for 5 Sept hearing. Appeal court 20 Sept ratified controversial 3-year jail sentence and $40mn fine imposed on El Universo newspaper executives and former columnist for libel, following suit filed by President Correa in March.

Ecuador

  |  1 Sep 2011

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National Assembly (NA) 11 Aug elected 2 supporters of President Correa’s ruling Alianza País (AP) as VPs of NA; move means AP gains significant influence in NA.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Aug 2011

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Court 20 July fined opposition newspaper El Universo $40mn, jailed 2 directors and former opinion editor for criminal libel against President Correa; opposition, international press freedom groups criticised ruling.

Ecuador

  |  1 Jul 2011

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Court 28 June found 6 police guilty of involvement in Sept 2010 uprising, sentences to follow. In joint mission, Ecuadorian and Colombian police 27 June arrested “Danilo”, influential FARC member, in Quito.

Ecuador

  |  1 Jun 2011

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President Correa’s proposed constitutional reforms, including granting govt more power over judiciary and media, narrowly approved in 7 May referendum with 46% of vote; 42% voted against. UK thinktank 10 May alleged Correa had received $100,000 from FARC to finance 2006 election campaign. Correa strongly denied; Attorney General 17 May announced formal investigation.

“Ecuador probes President Correa ‘link’ to Farc rebels”, BBC, 18 May 2011.

Ecuador

  |  1 May 2011

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Govt 5 Apr expelled U.S. ambassador after she claimed in WikiLeaks cable that President Correa had knowingly appointed ex-police chief who was involved in corruption; U.S. 7 Apr expelled Ecuadorean ambassador, 14 Apr suspended bilateral dialogue.

Ecuador

  |  1 Apr 2011

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Esmeralda state prosecutors 14 March issued arrest warrant for Deputy Interior Minister Gregorio Tello for corruption; Tello is third high-ranking govt official to be charged with corruption recently. National electoral council 9 March scheduled referendum on constitutional and judicial reform, backed by President Correa, for 7 May.

Ecuador

  |  1 Mar 2011

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Constitutional Court 15 Feb approved President Correa’s proposed referendum on constitutional and judicial reform, likely to be held May; opposition and factions of Correa’s own ruling AP party say reform will unconstitutionally strengthen role of president, but opinion polls indicate popular support. 

Ecuador

  |  1 Feb 2011

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President Correa 17 Jan announced referendum on major constitutional changes, including reforming judiciary, media; opposition and members of ruling AP party criticised, said amounted to “rule by plebiscite” and will sideline Congress; vote likely in May, pending Constitutional Court approval. Govt 19 Jan issued decree placing police force under direct administrative control of interior ministry, following violent Sept police mutiny.

Ecuador

  |  3 Jan 2011

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President Correa 15 Dec met Colombian counterpart Santos in Cali; bilateral relations formally restored 22 Dec as ambassadors reinstated. Interior and security ministers resigned 15, 16 Dec, citing lack of security and justice reform; replacements sworn in 17 Dec.

Ecuador

  |  1 Dec 2010

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President Correa and Colombian President Santos 26 Nov announced reestablishment of diplomatic relations, broken since Colombia’s March 2008 airstrike on Ecuadorean soil; Correa said “ambassadors to be named before Christmas”. Inter-American Press Society 7 Nov criticised govt pressure on media after Sept police uprising; opposition parliamentarians 15 Nov echoed accusations. Army commander 18 Nov denounced cross-border recruitment of minors by FARC.

“Neighbors Colombia and Ecuador end two year spat”, Reuters, 26 Nov. 2010.

Ecuador

  |  1 Nov 2010

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Ecuador Relative calm re-established following bloody 30 Sept clashes between army and police forces that left at least 4 dead and nearly 300 injured over police protest against govt plans to cut bonuses. President Correa 4 Oct said will prosecute MPs allegedly linked to attempted “coup”, 9 Oct indefinitely extended state of emergency in Quito but lifted in rest of country; state of emergency ensures army control of national assembly and other key buildings in capital. Attorney general charged several hundred police connected to protest with mutiny, so far over 50 arrested.



 

Ecuador

  |  1 Oct 2010

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Disaffected members of police, armed forces 30 Sept staged protest, took control of National Assembly building, airport amid growing resistance to proposed austerity measures which have caused deadlock in Congress. Protesters surrounded hospital where President Correa, attempting to negotiate, forced to seek refuge. Correa rescued by military; 2 dead, dozens injured in standoff; later said revolt amounted to coup attempt. Following 9 Sept FARC attack on Colombian police near Ecuadorian border, countries reactivated COMBIFRON border commission to improve exchange of information between security forces. Following Aug revocation of Ecuador’s arrest warrant for Colombian President Santos, Ecuadorian regional court 3 Sept charged former Colombian army Chief of Staff Montoya with murder, but desisted from demanding international arrest warrant.



 

Ecuador

  |  1 Sep 2010

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In sign of rapprochement with Bogotá, President Correa attended Colombian President Santos’ 7 Aug inauguration; Santos agreed to share evidence seized during March 2008 airstrike on FARC camp inside Ecuador with Quito, key Ecuadorean condition for re-establishing diplomatic ties. Ecuador, Colombia FMs met 26 Aug, agreed to restart bilateral commissions.


 

Ecuador

  |  1 Aug 2010

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Relationship with Colombia further strained after judge reopened case against Colombian army commander General Freddy Padilla over his involvement in March 2008 airstrike on FARC camp inside Ecuador. Similar arrest warrant against Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos still stands. President Correa facing mounting opposition in Congress, unable to pass key proposals; Fabricio Correa, brother of president, 15 July launched own presidential campaign, accused president of creating “Chávez-style” govt.



 

Ecuador

  |  1 Jul 2010

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President Correa 12 June said foreign oil companies have until Dec to renegotiate contracts before govt seizes their assets. U.S. Sec State Clinton 8 June visited Correa in Quito, both said they expected relations to continue to improve.

Ecuador

  |  1 Jun 2010

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President Correa 1 May said foreign oil companies would be compensated for assets govt has threatened to seize if negotiations over new contracts allowing more state control of industry fail. Indigenous protesters 6 May clashed with riot police outside parliament building in Quito as legislators debated controversial water reform bill.

Ecuador

  |  1 May 2010

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President Correa 18 Apr said govt will expropriate foreign oil companies if they refuse to sign new contracts allowing more state control of oil industry. Army 19 Apr killed 2 FARC rebels in Sucumbios province close to Colombian border.

Ecuador

  |  1 Apr 2010

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FM Patiño 18 March said normalisation of diplomatic ties with Colombia still “difficult”, cited Colombia’s refusal to share evidence seized after March 2008 airstrike on FARC camp inside Ecuador. Govt early month deployed 1,300 police to Cuenca after influential indigenous organisation Conaie threatened anti-govt “uprising”; protests eventually conducted peacefully.

Ecuador

  |  1 Apr 2010

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Govt-commissioned independent report 10 Dec claimed U.S. intelligence used to plan March 2008 Colombian airstrike on FARC camp inside Ecuador; U.S., Colombia denied. Report further accused Ecuadorean military of ignoring FARC presence inside country. Opposition accused govt of trying to curb press freedom through proposed media law.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Mar 2010

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President Correa and Colombia President Uribe 23 Feb held 1st official meeting since diplomatic relations broken March 2008; Correa said established road map to normalising ties. Hundreds of thousands in 11 Feb Guayaquil anti-govt protests over regional budget cuts. Appeal court 4 Feb ruled govt’s Dec 2009 temporary cancellation of pro-opposition TV station Teleamazonas illegal.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Feb 2010

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President Correa’s position increasingly weaker: influential federation of indigenous groups CONAIE 7 Jan threatened large-scale protests after govt closed indigenous radio stations; FM Falconí resigned 12 Jan after President Correa criticised his handling of “Yasuní-ITT” oil project. Army 18 Jan killed 3 FARC rebels close to Colombian border; Colombia govt said “grateful”, called on further military cooperation along border.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Dec 2009

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Ecuador and Colombia took further steps towards re-establishing diplomatic relations: 13 Nov named charges d’affaires, 19 Nov reactivated binational border commission; Ecuadorean judge 4 Nov suspended arrest warrants for Colombia army commander General Freddy Padilla, ex-Defence Minister Juan Santos. Private media outlets 21 Nov said govt’s new proposed Communications Law restricts “liberties and rights”.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Nov 2009

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Colombia 15 Oct suspended talks with Ecuador on re-establishing diplomatic ties after Ecuadorean judge issued arrest warrant for Colombia army commander General Freddy Padilla for his involvement in Colombia’s March 2008 airstrike on FARC rebel camp inside Ecuador; both govts late month announced OAS-monitored talks to resume 3 Nov. Colombia govt 6 Oct claimed at least 2 FARC camps present inside Ecuador.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Oct 2009

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Ecuador, Colombia FMs 22 Sept held 1st official talks since diplomatic relations cut off after Colombia’s March 2008 airstrike on FARC camp inside Ecuador; said direct talks on all contentious issues, including improving border security, would continue Oct. Indigenous CONAIE group 28 Sept launched “indefinite” protests against govt over new water law; 1 killed in clashes with police.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Sep 2009

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President Correa 3 Aug said govt to take over “many” private radio, TV-stations over broadcasting irregularities; 30 Aug said will seek “closure” of TV station Teleamazonas. Govt 13 Aug said will create local “revolutionary defense committees”; opposition criticised as way of consolidating own power. FARC top commander “Alfonso Cano” 13 Aug rejected July reports that rebels helped finance Correa’s 2006 presidential campaign. Signs of improvement in relations with Colombia after Colombia President Uribe 14 Aug apologised for March 2008 airstrike on Ecuadorean soil.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Aug 2009

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Relations with Colombia further deteriorated: Ecuadorean judge 2 July ordered arrest of Colombia ex-Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos over death of Ecuadorean citizen in Colombia’s March 2009 airstrike on FARC camp inside Ecuador; Colombia, Interpol rejected order. In video leaked 17 July, FARC number 2 “Mono Jojoy” claimed FARC rebels financed President Correa’s 2006 presidential campaign; Correa denied, said video a “set up”.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Jul 2009

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Govt 11 June brought Colombia in front of OAS human rights commission over death of Ecuadorean citizen in Colombia’s March 2009 airstrike on FARC camp inside Ecuador; Colombia claims he was a FARC member. Opposition accused President Correa of violating press freedom after govt 4 June fined private TV station Teleamazonas.

 

Ecuador

  |  1 Jun 2009

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Official count 6 May confirmed President Correa as winner of Apr presidential elections with 51.9% of vote; Correa’s Alianza País party won 61 of 120 National Assembly seats. Opposition leader Lucio Gutiérrez throughout month denounced alleged electoral fraud by govt; govt launched investigation into private media outlets broadcasting Gutiérrez’s claims.

 

 

Ecuador

  |  1 May 2009

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President Correa re-elected in 26 Apr presidential poll with 51% of vote, avoiding run-off. Exit polls indicate Correa’s Alianza País party won majority in new National Assembly body: official count ongoing.

 

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