20th Session of the Universal Periodic Review
U.S. Statement delivered by Ambassador Harper
Representative of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council
October 27, 2014
Mr. Vice President,
The United States warmly welcomes the Salvadoran delegation to the UPR Working Group.
We congratulate El Salvador for its completion of the national report and for demonstrating its commitment to the UPR process by accepting and implementing some recommendations made in the first UPR cycle.
Insecurity, lack of economic opportunity, and weak democratic governance continue to plague El Salvador, which causes significant population displacement.
We remain concerned about the lack of respect for the separation of powers. For example, the Legislative Assembly has not always complied with Supreme Court rulings.
We recognize El Salvador has made progress on combating impunity for serious crimes. However, overall conviction rates are still very low, and corruption is a major contributing factor in continued impunity.
We are concerned with harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, slow pre-trial processing times, severe overcrowding, and gang activity within detention facilities.
Bearing in mind these concerns, we recommend El Salvador:
- Maintain the separation of powers so that all branches of government respect the constitutional authority of each other branch ;
- Combat impunity by increasing the capacity of investigators and prosecutors and reducing corruption in the public sector and judiciary; and;
- Improve pre-trial processing times and increase resources for penal reform.
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