DPLF to participate as witness in virtual hearing before Ted Lantos Human Rights Commission on state of emergency in El Salvador

09 Sep 2022   |   Press Release
On March 27, following a spate of homicides that left 87 people dead in one weekend, President Nayib Bukele’s government declared a national state of emergency in El Salvador, which has since been extended five times. During a state of emergency, certain constitutional guarantees such as the rights to due process, legal defense, and freedom o... More

Venezuela: UN Human Rights Council Should Renew Experts’ Mandate

17 Aug 2022   |   Press Release
Dowload press note in PDF here.   The United Nations Human Rights Council should renew the mandate of its Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela, 125 national and international organizations working on Venezuela said today. The Mission, established in 2019 to investigate systematic human rights violations in Venezuela, h... More

Guatemala: Organizations reject the criminalization of journalist José Rubén Zamora and strongly denounce the persecution of critical voices

03 Aug 2022   |   Press Release
Download joint communiqué here.   The international organizations that promote the defense and protection of human rights and, in particular, freedom of expression, condemn the arbitrary detention for political purposes of the prominent journalist José Rubén Zamora, founder and president of the newspaper elPeri... More

El Salvador: State of Exception and Attacks against Human Rights Defenders and Organizations Facilitate State Abuses

31 Mar 2022   |   Press Release
This past weekend was one of the most violent in El Salvador. At least 80 people were killed in different parts of the country, allegedly by gang members. We condemn this situation, and stand in solidarity with the families of victims, local communities, and with the entire population that suffers because of these crimes. We reaffirm their right to... More

Guatemala: Constitutional Court to Rule on the Swearing In of Magistrate Gloria Porras

22 Mar 2022   |   Press Release
The international organizations that make up the International Observatory on Guatemala express grave concerns regarding news that today, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala will be hearing an amparo (a legal protective mechanism) related to the swearing in of Gloria Porras. This amparo, which would revoke the election of Gloria Porras, is t... More

International Organizations Reject the Criminalization of Judge Pablo Xitumul and Denounce the Persecution of Justice Operators in Guatemala

10 Feb 2022   |   Press Release
On February 9, 2022, the Supreme Court of Justice declared admissible the request to strip Judge Pablo Xitumul de Paz of his judicial immunity, leaving him vulnerable to impeachment. Pablo Xitumul de Paz is the judge of the First Court of Criminal Sentencing, Drug Trafficking and Crimes against the Environment, with jurisdiction to hear high-risk c... More

U.S. Groups Condemn Proposed Foreign Agents Law in El Salvador

18 Nov 2021   |   Press Release
DPLF, along with civil society organizations in the United States, strongly condemn the Foreign Agents Law proposed by the Salvadoran administration of Nayib Bukele on November 9, 2021. The proposed law is another step by President Bukele to silence critics, curtail freedom of speech, and criminalize independent media and human rights groups. ... More

El Salvador’s Constitutional Court Paves Way for President Bukele to Seek Reelection Following Purge of Country’s Judiciary

09 Sep 2021   |   Press Release
On Friday, September 3, El Salvador’s Constitutional Court issued a ruling allowing presidents to run for consecutive reelection. The decision permits current Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele to seek reelection in 2024, defying the plain language of the constitution, which prohibits consecutive presidential reelection, and contradicting... More

We were awarded the 2021 IABA/LexisNexis Rule of Law Award

07 Sep 2021   |   Press Release
On Thursday, August 19, DPLF was awarded the 2021 IABA / LexisNexis Rule of Law Award, jointly granted by the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) and LexisNexis, a company dedicated to the dissemination of legal information and analysis worldwide. This distinction aims to recognize the work of individuals and organizations of the legal commu... More

El Salvador: Risk of Democratic Breakdown in the Face of Justice System Reforms

02 Sep 2021   |   Press Release
During the plenary session of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador held on Tuesday, August 30, pro-government deputies of the New Ideas (Nuevas Ideas) party introduced successive initiatives to modify the Judicial Career Law and the Organic Law of the Attorney General's Office into the parliamentary agenda. Hours later, without prior study o... More