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El Salvador launches mass trial for nearly 500 accused gang leaders

San Salvador, El Salvador Reuters El Salvador on Thursday kicked off a mass trial to prosecute nearly 500 alleged leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha gang for more than 37,000 crimes committed over a decade, the Central American nation’s prosecutor’s office said. Alleged members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang appear on a screen during a remote […]

Bukele landslide shifts El Salvador to one-party state, amplifies democracy fears

San Salvador, El Salvador Reuters The landslide re-election of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele was cheered by supporters of his gang crackdown, but has worried opponents who fear the country is sliding into a de facto one-party state. The tallying of the vote was still ongoing on Monday but Bukele had appeared to deliver a […]

El Salvador President Bukele declares himself winner of election

San Salvador. El Salvador Reuters President Nayib Bukele on Sunday declared himself winner of El Salvador’s national elections in a landslide, claiming he captured more than 85 per cent of the vote – even though electoral officials have not released any results. Bukele was the heavy favourite to win another five-year term as voters largely […]

El Salvador experiencing “alarming regression” on human rights – report

Amnesty International's Americas director Ana Piquer speaks during a news conference to release a new report in San Salvador, El Salvador on 5th December, 2023

San Salvador, El SalvadorReuters El Salvador has seen “an alarming regression” of human rights protections during President Nayib Bukele’s government, a trend that has intensified under a sweeping anti-gang crackdown, Amnesty International said in a report published on Tuesday. Bukele has enjoyed widespread popularity since taking office in 2019, due in part to a state […]

El Salvador lawmakers repeal media crackdown, declare “war on gangs won”

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele speaks during the inauguration of the 3 de Febrero hydroelectric power plant in San Luis de La Reina, El Salvador, on 19th October, 2023

San SalvadorReuters El Salvador’s Congress repealed a law on Wednesday that criminalised the publication of gang messages, as ruling party leaders declared victory in their war against criminal groups. President Nayib Bukele launched a sweeping crackdown on the small Central American nation’s hyper-violent gangs early last year, sharply reducing crime rates while the incarceration skyrocketed, […]