Security & Strategic Review - July 2022

EL SALVADOR: State of emergency extended

In late June, El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral legislature approved an executive decree extending for a further 30 days, the state of emergency imposed by the Nuevas Ideas (NI) government led by President Nayib Bukele in March [SSR-22-05] in response to gang violence. As with the first two extensions, approved in April and May, the latest renewal of the state of emergency has drawn major concerns from rights groups who question the grounds for it and warn it could breach the constitution. Meanwhile reports of rights violations taking place under the state of emergency, which was accompanied by a raft of repressive legislation [SSR-22-05], have continued.

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