Category Archives: Ecuador

Keep off our land, indigenous women tell Ecuador's president

Women’s movement demand an end to unrestricted oil drilling and mining on indigenous lands and action on violence against land defenders in first meeting with president Lenin Moreno

Amazon indigenous women leaders have told Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno to limit oil drilling and mining in their territories and combat the sexual violence and death threats they claim accompany the industries.

The delegation of women dressed in traditional tunics and with intricately painted faces were granted a meeting with Moreno after nearly 100 of them camped in Quito’s central plaza in front of the Carondelet government palace for five days, earlier this month.

Continue reading…
Source: gad

Colombia extradites 'Pablo Escobar of Ecuador' to US

Washington Edison Prado is accused of shipping hundreds of tonnes of cocaine to US

A suspected drug chief known as the “Pablo Escobar of Ecuador” was extradited to the US on Saturday, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office has announced.

Washington Edison Prado tried unsuccessfully to prevent extradition by claiming membership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) a status that would have made him eligible for a type of amnesty under a peace deal.

Continue reading…
Source: gad

Julian Assange negotiations: Ecuador blames UK as talks break down

Ecuador’s foreign minister says: ‘To mediate you need two parties, Ecuador is willing, but not necessarily the other party’

Talks between the UK and Ecuador over the future of Julian Assange at its London embassy have broken down, the South American country’s foreign minister has said.

Maria Fernanda Espinosa suggested British officials had been unwilling to negotiate over the Wikileaks founder’s potential release.

Continue reading…
Source: gad

Julian Assange still faces arrest after judge rules warrant valid

Assange’s lawyers react by launching new application on public interest grounds

Julian Assange will continue to face arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy, after a judge ruled that the arrest warrant against the WikiLeaks founder was still valid.

But after the senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled against Assange on Tuesday, his lawyers made a separate application that the warrant should be dropped on public interest grounds, leaving open the possibility that he could still walk out of the embassy in the near future.

Continue reading…
Source: gad

Ecuador referendum could buck South America trend by banning re-election

Polls suggest Ecuadorians will vote on Sunday to prevent ex-president Rafael Correa from returning to power, bucking a regional trend

When Ecuadorians vote this weekend on barring former president Rafael Correa from re-election, they will also be choosing whether to buck a trend across South America in which overbearing former presidents just can’t let go of power.

Related: More than 350 million Latin American voters to elect new leaders in 2018

Continue reading…
Source: gad

Julian Assange asks UK court to drop arrest warrant

WikiLeaks founder hopes ruling in his favour would allow him to leave Ecuadorian embassy

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has asked a UK court to drop the arrest warrant that prevents him from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living for five and a half years.

Assange, 46, skipped bail to enter the embassy in 2012 in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over an allegation of rape, which he denies.

Continue reading…
Source: gad

Trump-Russia inquiry is told Nigel Farage may have given Julian Assange data

Private investigator tells House panel Farage gave thumb drive to Assange, who officials view as a conduit for the Russian government

Nigel Farage may have given Julian Assange a thumb drive of data and was possibly a more frequent visitor than was publicly known to the Ecuadorian embassy where the WikiLeaks founder lives, according to testimony given to US congressional inquiry into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to the Kremlin.

Related: The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

Continue reading…
Source: gad