El Salvador

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Overview

A total legal abortion ban remained in place, violating women’s human rights. Human rights defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities and those defending and promoting sexual and reproductive rights faced increasing risks and particularly suffered violence and intimidation from state agents, individuals and private groups. The 1993 Amnesty Law was not repealed, presenting an obstacle for accessing justice and reparations for victims of human rights violations that occurred during the 1980-1992 armed conflict.

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Death penalty status

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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