FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2022
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On May 25, El Salvador’s Congress voted to extend for a second time a state of emergency — which significantly limits constitutional rights and which has led to widespread human rights abuses — for an additional 30 days.
Alianza Americas, a coalition of migrant-led groups based in 18 states across the United States, expressed deep concern that repeatedly extending the state of emergency will lead to additional human rights abuses, including arbitrary arrests; cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment of detainees; torture, disappearances, violations of due process rights, and persecution of journalists.
Following an upsurge in violence, El Salvador’s government initially declared the state of exception on March 27 for a 30-day period (Congress previously extended it on April 24). The state of exception suspends a wide range of constitutional rights and grants significant powers to the government, including the right for police to arrest people without a warrant. Reportedly over 30,500 people have been arrested so far, amidst widespread human rights violations.