The Assembly extends state of exception and reforms public procurement law


El Salvador Impact | Negative Rating Civicus | Obstructed On April 24, in a special session called by President Nayib Bukele, 67 of the 84 deputies of the Legislative Assembly, from the ruling and opposition blocs, voted in favor of extending the country’s state of exception in support of the government’s continued crackdown on gang […]

State of emergency decreed, civil rights suspended

El Salvador Impact | Negative CIVICUS Rating | Obstructed On March 27, the Legislative Assembly, with a ruling party majority, declared the beginning of the regime of exception throughout the national territory for a period of 30 days. The measure was approved, with 67 votes in favor, during an extraordinary session after the President, Nayib […]

New ‘NGO law’ – a step closer to institutionalizing harassment of civil society

Nicaragua Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Closed On March 31, the National Assembly, controlled by the Sandinista party, approved as a matter of urgency a new General Law for the Regulation and Control of Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) by 77 votes in favor, 12 abstentions and none against. This tightens the registration requirements for NGOs, […]