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The death of detained people is “normal”, says Salvadoran minister

The Minister of Security The Savior, Gustavo Villatorosaid this Monday that the death of people in detention is “normal” and denied that torture occurs in prisons within the framework of the exceptional regime in force since the end of March.

“In every prison system there are deaths, every year inmates die,” Villatoro said in the television interview Frente a Frente.

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When questioned about the death of some 90 people in state custody, he asked to see the statistics of previous governments, of which he assured that the deaths “there were more than 100 a year”.

“They are deaths, it is already normal” Y “there are many who have pre-existing clinical conditions (diseases)”, added the official of the President’s Government Nayib Bukele.

The Savior It has been under an exceptional regime, which suspends several constitutional guarantees, since the end of March after an escalation of murders attributed to gangs.

This measure, which the government calls the “war against the gangs”, has been extended seven times and has left 56,847 people in detention.

According to Villatorothe exception regime would be necessary “until we capture the last of these terrorist (gang members)” and indicated that they have files on some 76,600 alleged gang members.

He added that there are some 2,000 people detained under this regime who have been released, without specifying whether it was with conditional release or another measure other than detention.

On October 25, the State of The Savior He refused to render accounts before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the accusations of arbitrary detentions, deaths in state custody and torture under an exceptional regime in force.

“The IACHR deeply regrets the absence of the State of El Salvador despite being duly notified. However, the State has declined its participation. Julissa Mantilla, president of the IACHR and country rapporteur for El Salvador, said at the beginning of the hearing.

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In said hearing, Sonia Rubio, from the Foundation for Due Process, indicated that the alleged human rights violations that “more concerned” are “arbitrary arrests, acts constituting torture and mistreatment, and the death of detained persons.”

He told the IACHR that the arrests about which they have received complaints “they do not meet the minimum requirements”, how to have an order and “They are carried out without evidence of the commission of a crime and disrespecting due process.”

He added: “We have documented cases that allow us to conclude that, most likely, the Salvadoran State is failing to comply with its obligation to comply with and (not) tolerate torture, especially inside detention centers” at the hands of guards, gang members, or inmates.

Source: Elcomercio

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