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

International organizations reject the dismissal of the prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval in Guatemala

24 Jul 2021   |   Press Release
DPLF, together with international organizations that contribute to the promotion of the rule of law and human rights in Guatemala categorically reject the arbitrary decision of the Attorney General, María Consuelo Porras, to dismiss Prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval, Head of the Special Prosecutor's Office against Impunity (FECI). This repres... More

Increased militarization of citizen security: A recipe that has proven ineffective

21 Jul 2021   |   Press Release
The Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) expresses its concern regarding the militarization measures reported by the government of El Salvador this week, as they lead to a further denaturalization of the civilian model of security.  The government of El Salvador announced from its Twitter account that it will substantially increase the number... More

Venezuela: Authorities should immediately release human rights defenders Javier Tarazona, Rafael Tarazona, and Omar García of Fundaredes

07 Jul 2021   |   Press Release
DPLF joins ten international organizations to wholly reject and express profound concern about the July 2 detention and incarceration of the three human rights defenders (HRDs) from the NGO Fundacion Redes (Fundaredes), including the organization’s director, Javier Tarazona, as well as activists Rafael Tarazona and Omar García. Their d... More

Honduras: International organizations urge cessation of attacks against prosecutor Luis Javier Santos and express alarm over destabilization campaign against UFERCO

29 Jun 2021   |   Press Release
Tegucigalpa and Washington, D.C., June 29, 2021 – International organizations express deep concern about the most recent pressures against members of the Specialized Prosecutorial Unit against Corruption Networks (UFERCO) in Honduras. This latest attempt at intimidation, in the form of two new disciplinary proceedings against at least three o... More

PERU: DPLF expresses concern over reactivation of the election process of judges of the Constitutional Court

29 Apr 2021   |   Press Release
The Plenary of the Peruvian Congress has decided to reactivate the Special Commission in charge of evaluating candidates for the position of judges of the Constitutional Court. This Commission was deactivated in November 2020, in the context of the deep political crisis that the country was going through, after several parliamentary benches withdre... More