Stranded – IACHR requests a report from El Salvador

(EN ESPAÑOL AQUI)

 

“La Prensa Gráfica” reports:

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested urgent information from the Salvadoran State regarding the situation of Salvadorans who are stranded abroad.

This, after the National Foundation for Development (FUNDE), El Salvador Chapter of International Transparency, requested precautionary measures to the IACHR on July 9, in order to adopt urgent and necessary protective measures in favor of the beneficiaries who are stranded abroad, guaranteeing their life, their health, their freedom and personal integrity. Such rights are in serious risk, according to FUNDE.

To prevent Coronavirus, the Government of El Salvador closed the airport to the arrival of commercial flights on March 17. Since then, some Salvadorans are outside the country. Other 4,200 have returned to the country, according to data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although there are still Salvadorans waiting to be repatriated from various countries.

 

The IACHR bases its request on Article 25, numeral five, of its regulations, which mentions that “before making a decision on the request for precautionary measures, the Commission will require from the State involved relevant information, except where the immediacy of the threatened harm admits of no delay… ”

 

The IACHR gave the Government a period of five days to deliver the information on “its observations on the request for precautionary measures; measures that the authorities would be taking in order to protect the rights of the people proposed as beneficiaries, measures taken by the State to comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Chamber of April 8, 2020, and any additional information that it considers pertinent in light of Article 25 of the IACHR’s regulations”.

Meanwhile, FUNDE, through a press release, requests the Executive, through Chancellor Alexandra Hill “to respond to the urgent request of information made by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. To comply with the presentation of an adequate repatriation plan for all the stranded, as has been ordered since April 8 by the Constitutional Chamber in sentence 167-2020 and that the right to return of all stranded be guaranteed immediately, since their condition only worsens after more than 4 months out of their country”.

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