In less than five years since taking office, President Rafael Correa has turned Ecuador into one of the more restrictive countries for freedom of expression in Latin America and taken steps to assault freedom of association. Freedom House works with Ecuadorean and Latin American civil society organizations to increase national and international awareness of the situation in the country and promote Ecuador’s compliance with international human rights standards. Freedom House’s projects engage local civil society organizations, individuals, governments and international institutions through the creation of specialized reports, campaigns and advocacy.