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Ecuador: following the trail of those killed in the protests
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Photo: Willy David Maigua

 

The worst data leak in the history of Ecuador discovered
A security firm and a technology portal investigated the security flaws of a server located in Miami, whose owner would be an Ecuadorian company. This is Novaestrat created in 2017 by two former officials who worked at the Senplades, Secom and the National Development Bank. They had a database of 20.8 million Ecuadorians. The government said the data is protected. But international research alerts serious risks. The businessmen did not respond to calls or mails from Plan V.
Drug trafficking: justice is shipwrecked in the "reasonable doubt"

The singer's band was arrested in October 2018 with 741 kilos of drugs.

A singer from Guayaquil related to drug trafficking cases that was released a few weeks ago. The same happened with three men who were found with 1 million dollars in the main terminal of the Main Port. The judges make use of the "reasonable doubt" to release them.
Ecuador´s Prosecutor points against Ola Bini with the thesis of the "screenshot"
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Free Assange?
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Ecuador says goodbye to Julian Assange
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An anti-mining activist will govern a province
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Correa questioned the appointment of Salazar, he considers her to be biased in favor of his political enemies.

Diana Salazar, the first black attorney general
A 37-year-old black young woman is the new Attorney General of Ecuador. There is a great expectation among the people and the political class.

Lady Diana Salazar, 37, is a lawyer and the first black woman to serve as the Attorney General of Ecuador. The Council for Citizen Participation organized the contest after which she was sworn in by the National Assembly. There is great hope that she will investigate thoroughly corruption cases that involve the ex-president Rafael Correa and people linked to his administration.

The teenagers recruited by gangs from impoverished neighborhoods would go to parties allegedly in exchange for money, alcohol, and gifts.

Ecuador: a teenage prostitution ring
A North American citizen, manager of an oil company, is allegedly the ringleader of a plot of sex parties, drugs, and prostitution of teenagers from impoverished neighborhoods in Quito.

The Ecuadorian Police arrested a 75-year-old North American engineer from Houston who is believed to be the leader of a plot of sex parties, drugs, prostitution, and pornographic videos. According to the first investigations, “El Abuelo” (translates to The Grandfather) organized sexual events with minors of both genders at his apartment in an expensive neighborhood in the North of Quito.

If this measure is approved, Ecuador would join countries like Mexico and Argentina where same-sex marriage is legally performed.

Ecuador is debating Marriage Equality
The Ecuadorian Constitutional Court is looking for a legal way to allow same-sex marriage in Ecuador.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights urged the Latin American countries to legalize same-sex marriage and although the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008 defines marriage solely as the union of a man and a woman, the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court is analyzing the possibility to implement the IACHR´s advice.

Photo: Chase Fletcher

 

Quito: the city that does not love dogs
According to a study done by the University San Francisco of Quito, there is a stray dog for every 22 people.

Fauna in the Ecuadorian capital, like dogs and cats, is a public health concern. The growth of the animal population became almost unmanageable due to the authorities apathy and the lack of support to the few private non-profits.

Hernán Salgado: Ecuador can´t go on with the current state of the justice system
Hernan Salgado made a promise: “We want to dictate quality sentences. We want to dictate short and precise sentences. ”

The new president of Ecuador´s Constitutional Court, Hernán Salgado Pesantez, denounced the previous administration for selling sentences. They also found writings that after leaving the Plenum of the Court were changed before arriving at the Secretariat.

Isla Trinitaria: wounds four years after a brutal eviction
On March 27 of 2015, one of the most violent evictions took place, 40 families were dislodged by the administration of Rafael Correa with a zero-tolerance policy against land invasions.

More than 50% of the irregular settlements in Ecuador are in Guayaquil, the main Port in the country, one of these places is Isla Trinitaria. It is an unprivileged sector located in the south of the city hit by marginality and extreme poverty. Its population is mostly afro-descendants, they settled on this Island where land dealers offered them a place to live without a legal backup. The Island, an old landfilling, is the home of

The decorticator removes the excess water of the abaca. But, a fiber of abaca could become a razor. Many have been mutilated in this process. Workers have not been provided with the appropriate tools.

 

Abaca: modern slavery in the Ecuadorian fields
Abaca or Manila Hemp is considered one of the fibers of the future. After the Philipines, Ecuador is the second world producer of this raw material, only in 2018, Ecuador exported 7.233 tons to the United States, Europe, and Asia for the amount of 17,2 million dollars. But at the fields of the company Furukawa, located in the Ecuadorian coast, men, women, and children produce abaca on precarious conditions. 105 workers and former workers reject the violation of their working and basic rights. The manager of the company defended himself.

The mortal machine
In Ecuador, it is common to call ‘mochos’ to people who are missing a limb as a result of an accident. At Furukawa Plantations C.A. Of Ecuador´s farms, there are many abaca workers who have been mutilated while working. "Mocha leg, mocha hand", they say. It is their way to explain the danger they face when processing the abaca without safety measures, appropriate instruments and protection for such a high-risk job.

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