Security & Strategic Review - May 2024

EL SALVADOR: State of exception passes two-year mark

El Salvador recently marked the two-year anniversary of the state of exception declared by Nayib Bukele’s government as part of declared efforts to crack down on gangs – a move which suspended constitutional guarantees [SSR-22-05]. Indeed, critics have pointed out that last year was the first year since the 1980-1992 civil war that the Salvadorean state had suspended such guarantees for a full 12 consecutive months. While local and international human rights groups continue to sound the alarm regarding multiple violations taking place under the state of exception, a recent survey indicates ongoing popular support for the policy.

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