El Salvador exceeded 17,000 arrests of alleged gang members under an exceptional regime that is nearing the end of its first term, but will continue until the end of May after the approval of its extension in Congress, which Amnesty International has called a ” perfect storm of human rights violations.”
The Legislature granted special powers to the Government of President Nayib Bukele at the end of March to launch his “war against the gangs” and on Sunday guaranteed continuity, but said extension will enter into force when it is published in the Official Gazette.
The Legislative Assembly approved on March 27 the state of emergency for 30 days after a wave of murders that in three days claimed the lives of 87 people, murders that only on March 26 reached 62.
This is the highest figure in the recent history of the Central American country recorded in a single day.
The expiration of the first 30 days of the suspension of constitutional guarantees would be fulfilled on Wednesday, April 27, but on Saturday night President Bukele summoned the Council of Ministers to request Congress to extend the state of emergency.