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April 17, 2016

Ecuador earthquake: death toll rises after 7.8-magnitude quake – latest developments

President Correa calls national emergency after at least 77 people killed and over 500 injured in 7.8-magnitude quake

Jaime Nebot, mayor of Guayaquil, has just tweeted, saying the death toll has not risen any further in his city overnight.

At this time no new deaths or more wounded in Guayaquil are reported. The numbers are: 1 death and 6 not seriously injured.

A esta hora no se reportan nuevos fallecidos ni más heridos en Guayaquil. Las cifras son: 1 fallecido y 6 heridos no graves.

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February 5, 2016

UN panel calls on UK and Sweden to end Julian Assange’s ‘deprivation of liberty’

UN working group says WikiLeaks founder should be offered compensation for being confined to Ecuadorian embassy

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden for more than five years and should be released immediately with compensation, according to a United Nations report.

As anticipated, the finding by the Geneva-based UN working group on arbitrary detention criticises legal action against Assange by both European governments and blames them for preventing him from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, central London.

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January 29, 2016

Zika outbreak raises fears of rise in deaths from unsafe abortions

Campaigners urge governments in Latin America to rethink bans on abortion and make contraception widely available

Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies.

Several governments in the region have advised women to postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, which reproductive health groups say is impossible in countries where birth control is not easily available and many women fall pregnant through sexual violence.

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