SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Not less than 116 folks had been killed by police in El Salvador lately in circumstances involving extreme use of drive and abuse of authority, the nation’s human rights prosecutor stated in a report revealed on Tuesday.
The report covers the interval from 2014 to 2018 when the then leftist Farabundo Marti Nationwide Liberation Entrance (FMLN) authorities waged a marketing campaign in opposition to felony gangs blamed for one of many highest homicide charges on the planet.
Investigators examined 48 circumstances during which 116 folks had been “brutally assassinated” by the police, stated Raquel Caballero, head of the Prosecutor’s Workplace for the Protection of Human Rights.
“Now we have recognized patterns of habits of members of the nationwide civil police,” she advised a information convention within the capital San Salvador.
A spokesman for the ministry of safety and justice declined to remark.
El Salvador is certainly one of a trio of nations in Central America, together with Guatemala and Honduras, that has seen 1000’s of determined migrants flee raging gangland violence and bleak financial prospects over the previous couple years.
Salvadoran authorities blame the gangs for the violence, at the same time as rights teams have accused the police of finishing up extrajudicial killings and different rights violations in confrontations with gang members.
Caballero’s workplace launched its investigation in August 2018 in response to an increase in studies of police abuse and accomplished its work in Could.
One of many extra disturbing findings was the extent of police impunity, she stated. Within the 48 circumstances of extreme police drive, solely 19 had been prosecuted and two circumstances led to convictions.
She urged the brand new authorities to behave on the report’s findings.
“It is vital that … the info are investigated, that obligations are deduced, that the respective convictions are prosecuted and obtained,” Caballero stated.
President Nayib Bukele, who took workplace in June, has dominated out negotiations with felony gangs and vowed to go after their funds in a bid to carry down a sky-murder charge.
In 2018, the nation recorded 50.three homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, one of many highest ranges on the planet, based on the United Nations.
Reporting by Nelson Renteria; writing by Julia Love; enhancing by Darren Schuettler