Activists warn of ‘massive human rights violations’ as El Salvador battles its gang crisis

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Since being sworn in as El Salvador’s president in 2019, Nayib Bukele has aggressively confronted the country’s gang crisis. And it has worked: Gang violence is way down in the Central American country, and El Salvador’s murder rate has plummeted. But journalists Jaime Quintanilla and Tom Phillips, in an article published by The Guardian on February 20, emphasize that some activists fear Bukele’s anti-gang crackdown has come at the expense of human rights. The same point has also been made by Amnesty International and the Salvadoran publication El Faro (whose name means “The Lighthouse” in Spa…

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