El Salvador Human Rights

Human Rights Concerns

Human rights violations committed during the 1980-1991 El Salvadorian armed conflict have gone largely unpunished. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on El Salvadorian authorities to actively trace children who "disappeared" during the fighting. In response, the El Salvadorian government formed an Inter-Institutional Commission for the Search of Children, which does not have the force of legislative decision, nor does it include representative family members of the "disappeared." The government attempted to make permanent an otherwise unconstitutional law penalizing mara gang members involved in the "disappearances," but withdrew the initiative following widespread criticism from human rights organizations.

El Salvador Human Rights

Human Rights Concerns

Human rights violations committed during the 1980-1991 El Salvadorian armed conflict have gone largely unpunished. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on El Salvadorian authorities to actively trace children who "disappeared" during the fighting. In response, the El Salvadorian government formed an Inter-Institutional Commission for the Search of Children, which does not have the force of legislative decision, nor does it include representative family members of the "disappeared." The government attempted to make permanent an otherwise unconstitutional law penalizing mara gang members involved in the "disappearances," but withdrew the initiative following widespread criticism from human rights organizations.

More concerns have surfaced recently regarding human rights violations against women, particularly in the spheres of domestic and social violence. Few efforts to obtain justice for murdered women succeeded and more women were murdered. Only two of around a dozen cases involving the murder, decapitation and mutilation of women in early 2003 were investigated and those responsible for the crime sent to prison.

Get Involved
El Salvador Human Rights Updates
Blog
Maria Teresa Rivera's recent release from prison was a major victory for women's rights in El Salvador. Nonetheless, the nation's Attorney General has said he intends to appeal the decision overturnin...
Press Release
A court's decision today to release a woman who spent four years in jail in El Salvador for miscarrying her pregnancy is a great victory for human rights, said Amnesty International.
Report

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rig...

Related Issues and Campaigns