Weekly Report - 03 November 2022 (WR-22-44)

EL SALVADOR: Security reforms raise concerns

El Salvador’s legislative assembly approved a series of reforms this week ostensibly designed to crack down harder on the country’s mara gangs amid a long-running state of exception imposed by the government led by President Nayib Bukele. The reform proposals, which were presented to the legislature at the tail end of August by the security minister, Gustavo Villatoro, include the removal of some of the restrictions on wiretapping. The marginalised political opposition objected to the reforms, arguing that they violated the fundamental human right to privacy.

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