El Salvador
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Thousands of people were detained in quarantine centres for alleged violations of a mandatory quarantine imposed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. There were reports of precarious and insanitary conditions in these centres, as well as arbitrary detentions and excessive use of force. The President made public statements stigmatizing journalists and human rights organizations. The rights of the victims of crimes under international law and of human rights violations during the internal armed conflict remained under threat. Restrictions and attacks on freedom of the press and limited access to official information were reported throughout the year. The total ban on abortion remained in place.

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Abolitionist for ordinary crimes only

Retains the death penalty only for serious crimes, such as those committed during times of war

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