Carolina Jiménez

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Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, left, and Defense Minister Rene Merino Monroy participate in the graduation of new military personnel at the Captain General Gerardo Barrios Military School in Old Cuscatlan, El Salvador, on April 4. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

In recent weeks, El Salvador has seen a tragic return to some of the country’s most violent years. At least 80 people were killed on the weekend of March 26-27, and in response, President Nayib Bukele quickly summoned the Legislative Assembly, which in the early hours following the killing spree declared a state of emergency for 30 days.

The move effectively suspended some human rights, such as the right to a defense, knowing the charges against you, the right not to incriminate yourself and having access to a lawyer. The decree also suspended the right to freedom of assembly and association and allows the government to intercept private communications without a court order.…  Seguir leyendo »

Génesis Vázquez shows a digital photo of her husband Jóvito Gutiérrez, who has been missing since January. (Amnesty International/Laura Rangel)

The last time Génesis Vasquez heard her husband’s voice, he was about to board a small wooden boat sailing from Venezuela to the nearby island of Curaçao. Unable to find permanent work in Venezuela and struggling to provide for his family, Jóvito Gutiérrez Yance hoped to find new opportunities abroad.

“Pray for me and light a candle,” he told Génesis before bidding her goodbye and joining 30 other passengers crowded aboard the fragile vessel. They left the port of San José de la Costa just before dawn.

The boat never made it to Curaçao. It capsized close to the island’s southeastern coastline on January 10.…  Seguir leyendo »