El Salvador

    Impact | Negative

    Rating CIVICUS | Obstructed

    On May 9, President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, reinforced by decree the country’s compliance controls in regard to the quarantine. In addition to authorizing the arrest and transfer of those breaching the isolation order, Bukele has given a green light to his security forces to use deadly force against “gang members” after the outbreaks of violence that took place in different correctional facilities in recent weeks. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned that combating coronavirus in El Salvador should not be at the cost of sacrificing constitutional order. She has also called on the Executive to comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Court to resolve the situation of those individuals that have been detained for violating the quarantine, as well as, separately, to advance on law to punish abuses of power

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