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El Salvador

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...

Nepal

Legislation limiting the rights to freedom of expression and privacy remained pending. Security forces detained individuals for “spreading misinformation” and criticizing the government during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protesters were detained and security forces continued to use excessive force to...
Americas Human Rights Defenders and Activists

“We are constantly on high alert”: activists and health professionals who defend the right to abortion are contending with growing risks

By Lisa Maracani and Josefina Salomón* There is rarely a dull day at work for Dr. Laura Gil, a Colombian gynecologist. But even for her, certain days stand out from the rest. One morning in 2022, as she walked down the main hall of one of the clinics where she works in the Colombian capital...
Americas Detention

El Salvador: Evelyn at risk of further criminalization

Evelyn Hernández was acquitted of charges for aggravated homicide in August, after suffering an obstetric emergency in which she lost her pregnancy in 2016. She is now at risk of further criminalization by El Salvador’s Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has appealed the court’s ruling. Please take...
Americas Discrimination

El Salvador: Memorandum to the President

Amnesty International believes that the new administration under President Nayib Bukele has a responsibility to promote and implement major and transformative changes in order to realize the international commitments made by El Salvador in the field of human rights. In this brief document, Amnesty...