All About Ecuador

ECUADOR / 2 DEC 2011

Quito’s police chief has warned that the Ecuadorean security forces may be involved in organized crime, noting that the professionalism of some attacks carried out in the city suggest that…

DRUG POLICY / 30 NOV 2011

Police in Ecuador claim to have seized significantly more cocaine this year than last, but total cocaine seizures are still far lower than in 2009.

ECUADOR / 28 NOV 2011

A clandestine leftist organization has claimed responsibility for two bombings in Ecuador’s largest city, sparking concerns about a nascent insurgency in the South American country.

COLOMBIA / 22 NOV 2011

The discovery of an illicit poppy field in Ecuador draws attention to increasing production of heroin in Latin America, with the crop moving into new territories like Guatemala.

DRUG POLICY / 24 OCT 2011

Proposed changes to Ecuador's penal code would decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use, including up to 10 grams of marijuana and hashish, four grams of opium, five grams of…

ECUADOR / 6 OCT 2011

Faced with surging crime and corrupt police forces, many Latin American governments are turning to their militaries to combat citizen insecurity, but the peacetime deployment of the armed forces is…

ECUADOR / 14 SEP 2011

Ecuadorian officials have discussed imitating Spain’s model and creating a specialized court and prosecutors to tackle organized crime and terrorism, as part of ongoing reforms to the justice system.

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2011

Colombia's Norte del Valle drug cartel has been laundering money through a network in Ecuador, according to the Ecuadorian authorities.

ECUADOR / 11 AUG 2011

Police in Ecuador announced the seizure of 400 kilograms of cocaine bound for West Africa.

ECUADOR / 10 AUG 2011

A crime sweep carried out by the Ecuadorean military in a coastal town is the latest sign of the military assuming duties more typically handled by the police.

ECUADOR / 11 JUL 2011

The arrest of a suspected member of the Russian mafia in Ecuador has prompted a U.S. official to describe it as the "United Nations" of organized crime, while Venezuela is…

BOLIVIA / 7 JUL 2011

A report by the Center for International Media Assistance and the National Endowment for Democracy on the state of independent media in Latin America. Conducted via interviews and in cooperation…

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