Washington.- The Organization of American States (OAS) rejected this Sunday the dismissal by the Legislative Assembly of The Savior, majority, the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and the attorney general of that country, Raúl Melara, and also the actions of the Executive led by the president Here’s to watching “who guided these decisions.”
“In democracy, majorities have the responsibility of being fundamental guarantors to ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; access to power and its exercise subject to the rule of law; the plural regime of political parties and organizations; and the separation and independence of the public powers, “said the General Secretariat of the OAS it’s a statement.
The inter-American body, based in Washington, warned that “when the majorities impose a single and uniform vision for the rest of the political system, they are undermining these principles.”
“When the majorities eliminate the systems of checks and balances in the institutional framework, they are altering the essence of its functioning,” the statement added.
This Saturday, the ruling party took the reins of the Salvadoran Parliament for the period 2021-2024 and in its first action voted to dismiss the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and the attorney general, officials with the Watch had confrontations during the last year.
The OAS He noted as “essential at this juncture” that the work of the Special Mission presided over by Santiago Cantón be continued, who, in compliance with Article 17 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, visited that country to assess its situation and contribute to preserving its democratic institutionality.
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In a report released this Sunday, the mission expressed its “concern about actions that could violate the rule of law and Salvadoran democracy,” specifically in relation to complaints about “the lack of independence of the powers of the State, attacks on freedom of expression and of the press, unjustified limits on access to information ”and“ the possible increase in the militarization of the country ”.
The mission also referred to the complaints of non-compliance with the obligations derived from the Peace Accords of January 1992 -which ended 12 years of civil war in that country-, of “express” contempt for judicial decisions, of the violation of of the rights of people who were deprived of liberty as a result of “unconstitutional decrees” promulgated to contain the pandemic and of expressions that promote violence against high authorities of the democratic institutions of the State.
In his Twitter account, Cantón warned this Sunday that the Salvadoran president “continues to deteriorate the fragile democracy” of that country and attached the mission report.
President @nayibbukele_s it continues to deteriorate the fragile Salvadoran democracy. I attach the conclusions of the report https://t.co/FqhyrkSbk2 that I made at the request of @ Almagro_OEA2015 based on the Inter-American Democratic Charter. pic.twitter.com/6OYreqwiNj
— Santiago A. Canton (@SantiagoACanton) May 2, 2021
In a statement after the dismissals and in the face of international reaction, Watch He noted on Saturday on his Twitter account: “We are cleaning the house.”
To our friends from the International Community:
We want to work with you, trade, travel, get to know each other and help where we can.
Our doors are more open than ever.
But with all due respect:
We are cleaning our house.
… and that’s none of your business.
– Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) May 2, 2021