Weekly Report - 18 November 2021 (WR-21-46)

EL SALVADOR: A leaf out of Ortega’s book?

Over 50 civil-society groups together with international human rights organisations have sounded the alarm about a new ‘foreign agents law’ proposed by the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele. The Bukele administration maintains that the bill is necessary to prevent foreign interference in domestic affairs. However, civil-society groups, already on the alert over President Bukele’s perceived authoritarian tendencies, warn that it could be used to quash dissent. They invoke parallels with Nicaragua where the government led by President Daniel Ortega passed a similar law last year which his detractors maintain was used to repress the opposition and led to the shuttering of a string of NGOs ahead of the recent general election, which was widely slammed as a sham.

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