The El Salvador Legislative Assembly has made it clear that it has not banned the freedom of expression or manifestation of Salvadorans following the controversy that arose after the adoption of a decree that does not prohibit artistic, cultural or sporting associations.
“Due to the misrepresentation of the information regarding the decree (…) the members of the Legislative Assembly make it clear that in no way restricts the right to freedom of expression or freedom of expression of Salvadorans,” he said, by a pro-government majority, in the assembly an explanation given.
The panel made it clear that the law passed on Wednesday provides that “public acts, artistic and cultural activities or those classified as cultural promotion activities, as well as sporting activities and their promotion, can be carried out, provided that the funds are respected Protocols Related to Combating COVID-19 “.
Regarding “the other concentrations of people”, the Legislative Assembly has stressed that “the use of masks, compliance with the biosecurity protocol, social distancing and that (the participants) have the full vaccination schedule will also be mandatory”. “The marches and popular demonstrations are allowed as long as these regulations are observed,” he said.
The decree was passed after massive protests against the government of President Nayib Bukele on September 15 and last Sunday. The law has generated numerous criticisms from organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), who criticized on Twitter that the measure was “disproportionate” and “violated human rights standards”. “The goal is of course to stop the protests against Bukele,” said HRW America Director José Miguel Vivanco.
The decree states that “in the event of non-compliance, the Prosecutor General shall act ex officio” and, depending on the case of the perpetrator, “commit the crime of disobedience by individuals and be sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of Article 338”. of the Criminal Code. “
This inscription states that disobedience to a legislative order is punished with imprisonment between one and three years and a fine of up to 35,000 dollars – 30,000 euros – as the local newspaper “La Prensa Grafica” reports.
However, the decree – which was passed by 63 votes in favor and 17 against – clashes with Articles 6 and 7 of the Salvadoran Constitution, which regulate the freedom of citizens to express themselves without censorship and to assemble and assemble freely and peacefully .