Civil society organizations in the region reject the capture of the Constitutional Court and the Attorney General’s Office in El Salvador and warn that the principle of separation of powers in the country is being affected.

Latin America, May 4, 2021 – The undersigned civil society organizations, committed to the defense of the rule of law, human rights and democracy in Latin America, strongly reject the decisions adopted on May 1 by the Salvadoran Congress to arbitrarily remove from office the judges and alternate judges of the Constitutional Chamber of the […]

5 May 2021

[Urgent Alert] EL SALVADOR / After a blow against democratic institutionality in El Salvador, we send out a call for the protection of women defenders and journalists.

On Saturday, May 1st,  the current President of the regime in El Salvador, who has the support of the majority in the Legislative Assembly, approved actions such as the dismissal of five  regular and alternate magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber and chose their replacements. He also dismissed the nation’s Attorney General and replaced him. Both […]

3 May 2021

[Urgent Alert] DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / Repeated attacks on encampment of the “Movement for the decriminalization of pregnancy termination on 3 grounds”

In the early morning hours of April 20th in the Dominican Republic after the First National Assembly was held, women defenders of sexual and reproductive rights of the “Three Grounds Movement” were brutally dislodged by agents of the National Police.   The actions took place on their encampment set up outside the National Palace, where security […]

23 April 2021
Kalua Salazar

[Urgent Alert] NICARAGUA / National Police make attempt on the life of journalist Kalua Salazar and stop her from leaving her besieged home.

In the early morning hours of Monday, April 19, National Police agents made an attempt on the life of reporter Kalua Salazar and prevented her from leaving her home to go to her workplace at Radio Costeñísima.  The journalist and human rights defender has reported that when she was about to go to work, she […]

20 April 2021

[Urgent Alert] NICARAGUA / A Call to the International Community to stay alert to heightened repression in the context of the anniversary of the social uprising of April 18, 2018

We of IM-Defensoras are deeply concerned about the escalation that we have observed during the last few days in the number and severity of attacks against women human rights defenders in Nicaragua. We understand this tendency of heightened repression as a government strategy to maintain social control and a de facto state of siege in […]

17 April 2021