The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this Monday expressed its “concern” about the “maximum emergency” that the Nayib Bukele government has declared for prisons in El Salvador due to the increase in homicides in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic
“The IACHR is concerned about the ‘maximum emergency’ President Nayib Bukele ordered in the country’s detention centers on April 25,” the regional authority said on its official Twitter account.
The IACHR believes that this “threatens the rights of persons deprived of liberty” and calls on the government “to take measures that guarantee the life and integrity of inmates” because of “the consequences of the pandemic a heightened risk for this population. “
Bukele announced the “maximum emergency” last Saturday, denouncing that the gang members detained had ordered the free men to increase the murders, according to secret people. This leads to a complete closure of the inmates so that they cannot leave their cells or have any contact with the outside world.
Friday was the day with the most murders since Bukele with a total of 24 murders. The previous record of 19 deaths on September 20, 2019, has been attributed by the Salvadoran president to opposition groups that would try to destabilize the government.