El Salvador: Human rights in danger

In response to the Legislative Assembly session in which the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Attorney General of the Republic were dismissed, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

“This weekend the world witnessed yet another attempt by Salvadoran authorities to take the country back to those moments in its history where human rights were trampled on a daily basis.”

“Judicial independence is a fundamental element in any state that claims to respect human rights. By attacking it, the Legislative Assembly has shown the world its contempt for these rights, including access to justice.”

This weekend the world witnessed yet another attempt by Salvadoran authorities to take the country back to those moments in its history where human rights were trampled on a daily basis

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

“The president has made it clear that he will not allow international scrutiny. In doing so he forgets that the Salvadoran state has signed up to international human rights commitments that must be honored. It is vital that the international community gives a strong and committed response to the events of 1 May.”

“In these dark moments we reaffirm our commitment to accompany the Salvadoran people and denounce any abuses. No political actor should feel like a winner after this weekend, Salvadoran society as a whole has lost.”

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