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El Salvador has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, partially due to corruption and impunity. State security forces have committed egregious abuses, including extrajudicial executions, sexual assaults, and enforced disappearances. They have failed to investigate crimes and collaborated with gangs. Gangs exercise territorial control, extort residents - and kill, disappear, rape, or displace those who resist them.  Girls and women alleged to have had abortions are imprisoned for homicide.

- Human Rights Watch

El Salvador’s high rate of gender-based violence continued to make it one of the most dangerous countries to be a woman. A total ban on abortion persisted, and women were convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering miscarriages or other obstetric emergencies. To combat violence, the government implemented a series of security measures, which did not comply with human rights standards. Measures were taken to address impunity for historical abuses; however, the executive and legislative branches of government admitted being in contempt of a 2016 Supreme Court judgment that declared the 1993 Amnesty Law unconstitutional.

- Amnesty International

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