El Salvador

Salvadoran women HRDs face online harassment and threats

Smear campaigns against three women HRDs and two journalists, as well as online harassment encouraged by government authorities, raise concerns about freedom of expression in El Salvador under the Nayib Bukele government. This update covers civic space developments from 03 July 2019 to 15 August 2019.

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Salvadoran women HRDs face online harassment and threats

Intimidation of activists and journalists in El Salvador

On 27th May 2019, activists from Colectiva Amorales received subpoenas from a Salvadorian court; they are accused of slander by Professor Ricardo Mendoza of the University of San Salvador. Colectiva Amorales is an organisation that uses art to publicly denounce cases of violence against women. In 2016 the movement denounced Mendoza for taking advantage of his role and status as a theatre professor to sexually assault his students. Colectivo Amorales issued a statement asserting that this recent court case is an attempt to censor and silence human rights defenders. Read more

Intimidation of activists and journalists in El Salvador

LGBTI community targeted in El Salvador

The regional initiative IM-Defensoras reported that two LGBTI activists, Andrea Ayala and Barbara Romero, have been subjected to a defamation campaign through social media. Read more

 LGBTI community targeted in El Salvador

Dozens of demonstrators injured and one killed in clashes with the National Police

On 8th November, clashes between street vendors and the National Police were reported in Santa Tecla. This happened after the vendors failed to reach an agreement with the Mayor regarding the relocation of the vendors. Read more

 Dozens of demonstrators injured and one killed in clashes with the National Police

Access to information limited during former president's trial

Asociacion de Periodistas de El Salvador reported that a court in El Salvador banned any type of recording devices during the hearing against the former President Elias Antonio Saca. Read more

Access to information limited during former president's trial

Journalist receives death threats

On 15th June 2018, Asociación de Periodistas de El Salvador (Journalists’ Association from El Salvador - APES) reported that the journalist Warner Velásquez from El Salvador Times received death threats. Read more

Journalist receives death threats

Protest over privatisation of water service leads to clashes with police

A protest against the privatization of water took place on June 14th. It was reported that demonstrators clashed with the police. Read more

Protest over privatisation of water service leads to clashes with police

Journalists obstructed from polling stations in March general elections

During the legislative and municipal elections, civil society organizations documented 25 freedom of the press violations. Read more

Journalists obstructed from polling stations in March general elections

Incidents of state surveillance of journalists reported in media

A report by media organisation El Faro reveals the use of a government institution to monitor the work of journalists. Read more

Incidents of state surveillance of journalists reported in media

Supreme Court ruling strikes a blow to the right to access public information

Despite having access to information legislation, the Supreme Court issued a recent decision that civil society claims will undermine the right to access to information. Read more

Supreme Court ruling strikes a blow to the right to access public information