Impact | Positive

    Probability | Low

    Rating CIVICUS | Repressed

    Following the social unrest in December and amid repeated denunciations of excessive use of force and human rights violations by security forces, opposition senator Antonio Sanguino (Alianza Verde) announced he will be presenting a bill seeking to scrap the National Police’s Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD). In its stead he proposes that the country’s departments and municipalities issue regulations to safeguard social protest and the coexistence and dialogue between citizens and public security forces. Sanguino has created a mechanism to enable citizens to make proposals and comments on the draft. It is expected to enter Congress in mid-March. 


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