Security & Strategic Review - July 2024

EL SALVADOR: Rowing back on transitional justice

Days before President Nayib Bukele took office on 1 June for a second five-year term, the national assembly, in which his personalist party Nuevas Ideas (NI) has 54 of the 60 seats, voted to shelve a legislative bill on transitional justice and reparations for victims of the 1980-1992 civil war. The move marks the latest setback under the Bukele administration in efforts to address impunity for crimes committed during the civil war, which left 75,000 dead and 8,000 disappeared, mainly civilians.

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