The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights blames its financial troubles on the reluctance of governments to fund work that exposes abuse. Some governments say the commission has become too political.
When the quake rolled through on April 16, Ecuador was in the throes of a major financial crisis, in part, due to plummeting oil prices and growing national debt.
Nearly a week after the 7.8 quake struck, the death toll has risen to at least 587. Rescue dogs roaming the devastated town of Pedernales now only bark when they find a new corpse.
Four days after the quake, the government of President Rafael Correa said rescue efforts will now be focused on the search for corpses.
The Ecuadorian security ministry also said there are at least 2,068 injured after the worst earthquake to hit the country in decades.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast and caused devastation in populated coastal regions, leaving an unknown number of people still trapped in ruins.
A leaked document proves that the Ecuadorian government has been likely doing more online censorship than previously reported.
While Ecuador champions Julian Assange's right to free speech, Francisco Endara Daza is on the run from an 18-month jail sentence because he clapped his hands — and he claims he didn't even do that.
A new right wing president in Argentina and the gathering force of the opposition in Venezuela has left the longtime dominance of leftist governments in Latin America looking shaky.
An investigation by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab found the shadowy ring operating in Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil, with researchers saying the evidence suggests it is state sponsored.
Violent protests greeted a constitutional amendment that will force President Rafael Correa to sit out the 2017 election but could allow the charismatic leftist to resume his grip on power indefinitely from 2021.
The islands are a UNESCO Heritage Site and, in the 1830s, helped Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution.