Sixty-six relatives detained in a remote area of Bajo Lempa, eastern El Salvador, on Tuesday accused the Salvadoran state of “systematic violations” of their rights before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). to this report.
Abraham Abrego, head of strategic litigation for the Cristosal Organization, reported at a press conference that it filed a complaint on behalf of the relatives of the detainees on March 7.
He asserted that there were 66 “arbitrary arrests” and that “given there are more cases, they are a sample of cases that have occurred in the community.”
“Detainees have been violated several rights under the American Convention,” the lawyer said, explaining that one of them was personal liberty. Given the “practice of arbitrary arrests without prior investigation or grounds.”
He regretted that, within the framework of this exceptional regime, the judge had not had an independent opportunity to assess the granting of alternatives to detention.
According to Christosal and the detainee’s relatives, another security breach was due process.
Nearly a year into force, the exception system, which has been extended for 30 days, suspends detainees’ rights to defense and other constitutional guarantees and extends detention.
There have been more than 65,000 arrests reported by President Naib Bukele’s government, of which more than 3,300 have been released. Humanitarian groups say he has been released on parole.
“I want them alive!”
At a press conference, some 50 people called for the release of detainees not associated with gangs, along with photos of relatives and the slogan “Abducted alive, I want you alive!”
Osvaldo Ortiz, who affirms that his partner was a teacher and was detained by the authorities, said that as a commission of relatives of the victims of the Bajo Lempa regime, “We are not against fighting crime, but we want it to happen under established legal procedures.”
According to a follow-up by the Anti-Corruption Legal Advice Center (ALAC), there are more than 3,500 habeas corpus requests for release, but the Constitutional Court of the Supreme Court (CSJ) has not resolved within the framework . of the exception system.