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International News: Human Rights groups say hundreds of children in El Salvador’s overcrowded prisons

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2023. 1:07 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that Salvadoran authorities were violating “due process” in the detentions of thousands of people including hundreds of children in over-crowded prisons, Reuters report.

HRW said that the state of emergency that was implemented in March of 2022 and suspended key rights has allowed for the detention of thousands in packed prisons.

The state of emergency has been renewed monthly after that despite calls from human rights groups to respect the rights of those detained.

“This leaked database points to serious human rights violations committed during the state of emergency,” said Tamara Taraciuk Broner, acting Americas director at HRW.

The agency said that according to data from Salvador’s public safety ministry, close to 1,082 children, largely boys, had been sent to pre-trial detention as of August.


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