El Salvador reviewed under the UPR
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 12:48


On the afternoon of 8 February 2010, the Working Group on the UPR reviewed the human rights situation in El Salvador. The small delegation of four members from El Salvador was headed by Mr Carlos Castaneda, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Interventions were a balance of encouragement and praise for the open and self-critical approach El Salvador took to the review, and critical comments and recommendations. The majority of positive comments reflected an appreciation of the ‘Solidarity Network’ programme launched by El Salvador in 2005 to alleviate poverty in both urban and rural areas, and the recent conclusion of a free, fair and direct national election. States also commended El Salvador for its opening statement commitment to extend an open invitation to all UN human rights special procedures.


Recommendations and comments focused on other specific issues including:

  • Concern over reports of verbal and physical assaults against human rights defenders and independent journalists, and the subsequent lack of prosecution of perpetrators.
  • Overcrowded and violent prisons, with poor living conditions, and specific concern over the length of pre-trial detention.
  • Prevalence of violent crime, including a high murder rate, and a lack of a modern, effective, and transparent justice system to prosecute and deter offenders.
  • Rights of children, including protection from violence, trafficking and disappearances, child labour, and raising the minimum age of marriage to 18.
  • High rates of violence against women, including sexual violence and domestic abuse, and de facto discrimination against women in political and social life.
  • Discrimination against specific vulnerable groups, including indigenous people, persons with disabilities, older persons, and sexual minorities, specifically equal and universal access to justice and healthcare.
  • Abolition of the death penalty in military proceedings, and ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.
  • Ratification of the International Convention on Enforced Disappearances, and the Optional Protocols on the Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.
  • Accession to the International Criminal Court, and ratification of the Rome Statute.

As has been the trend at the 7th session of the Working Group on the UPR, the State took just two opportunities to answer questions and respond to comments. However, El Salvador showed a genuine effort to answer all questions and acknowledge all concerns in the time allowed.

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