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“Massive Human Rights Violations”: Amnesty Says 18 Killed in Crackdown on El Salvador Gangs

HeadlineJun 03, 2022

In El Salvador, at least 18 people have been killed in the custody of law enforcement since a state of emergency was imposed in late March in response to rising homicides attributed to gangs. That’s according to the Central American human rights group Cristosal. Amnesty International is accusing the government of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele of serious violations. This is Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

Erika Guevara Rosas: “The situation in this country is critical. According to official figures, in a little over two months, 36,000 people, including children, who have been detained, mostly arbitrarily, whose deprivation of freedom is illegal, are facing criminal proceedings without the most basic judicial guarantees.”

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