Indigenous group in a demonstration on a village street. Colta, Chimborazo, Ecuador. 10 February 2019. Editorial credit:  Alejo Miranda /


Elections take place regularly, though there are persistent concerns about politicization of the National Electoral Council (CNE). A leftist government has ruled the country since 2007. While former president Rafael Correa imposed restrictions on the media and civil society, the new administration of President Lenín Moreno has begun rolling back repressive Correa-era policies. The administration, which came to power in 2017, has taken concrete steps to fight corruption, bolster security, remove restrictions on civil society, encourage the free press, and strengthen democratic governance.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Ecuador Country Report

Ecuador is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.


Freedom on the Net — Ecuador Country Report

Ecuador is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.