Weekly Report - 13 October 2022 (WR-22-41)

ECUADOR: Prison system rocked by further massacres

For around two years, Ecuador’s prison system has acted as a microcosm for the wider surge of violence gripping the country. Two massacres hit the prison network in three days on 3 and 5 October, leaving 29 inmates dead and at least 65 wounded at the Penitenciaría del Litoral in Guayaquil, Guayas province, and at the prison in the city of Latacunga, Cotopaxi. President Guillermo Lasso responded by replacing the head of the prisons authority (SNAI) on 11 October, but a long-term solution to the vicious gang wars driving prison violence remains elusive.

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