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For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2021
Antonio Saadipour | Program Associate
LAWG: International Civil Society Organizations Denounce Dismissal of Salvadoran Justices, Attorney General
Washington, D.C. – Today, nearly 100 humanitarian, human rights, immigrant-led, and faith-based organizations working on issues related to human rights in Latin America issued a statement denouncing the May 1st, 2021 decision by El Salvador’s legislature, promoted by President Nayib Bukele, to dismiss the nation’s Attorney General as well as all five Supreme Court justices belonging to the constitutional chamber.
The statement reads, “These actions, which are contrary to Salvadoran law and the Constitution, end independence of the judiciary, undermine democracy and the rule of law, and further concentrate power in the hands of the presidency. This marks a dangerous step backward after Salvadorans have strived for decades to build peace and democracy, following a painful history of military dictatorship and internal armed conflict. We urge the Salvadoran legislature and President Bukele to restore judicial independence, a cornerstone of the rule of law, and human rights protections—and not to further curb judicial authorities and oversight agencies, including the Human Rights Ombudsman’s office. We urge the Salvadoran government to respect the freedom of the press and the rights of human rights groups and other civil society organizations to carry out their vital work. We ask the international community to act decisively to press the Salvadoran government to return to the democratic path.”
Washington, D.C. – Hoy, cerca de 100 organizaciones humanitarias, religiosas, de derechos humanos y lideradas por inmigrantes que trabajan en temas relacionados a los derechos humanos en América Latina emitieron una declaración denunciando la decisión tomada el 1 de mayo de 2021 por la asamblea legislativa de El Salvador, apoyada por el presidente Nayib Bukele, de destituir al fiscal general de la nación y a los cinco magistrados de la Sala de lo Constitucional de la Corte Suprema de Justicia.