Security & Strategic Review - October 2022

EL SALVADOR: Concerns persist over disappearances

On 30 August, the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, various human rights groups including Instituto Universitario de Derechos Humanos (IDHUCA) of the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) issued a statement highlighting concerns about disappearances in El Salvador. The concerns, which have intensified amid more general alarm regarding human rights following the government’s invocation of a state of emergency in late March, purportedly to address gang violence [SSR-22-05], once again cast doubt on President Nayib Bukele’s claims of success with regard to reducing homicides; rights groups suggest the rise in disappearances could make the homicide figures appear lower than they are.

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