Idhuca Launches Online Form to Report Human Rights Violations in El Salvador

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Jan 24th, 2024
UCA Human Rights Institute (Idhuca)UCA Human Rights Institute Press Conference. Image by Idhuca.

The UCA Human Rights Institute (Idhuca) launched an online form to receive complaints of human rights violations from Salvadorans; the human rights organization will make legal and psychosocial services available to people who have been affected.

Gabriela Santos, director of the UCA Human Rights Institute, and Danilo Flores, coordinator of the Idhuca Justice Processes team, presented the online form at a January 24 press conference.

As of this day, Idhuca makes available to the population a new communication mechanism for receiving cases regarding violations of human rights in the Salvadoran territory. UCA Human Rights Institute, Idhuca.

The human rights organization stated that with this new tool, Salvadorans can report the incident for registration purposes and obtain legal advice and psychosocial support.

To utilize the form, individuals should access the link provided on social networks and the Idhuca website and complete the fields to register complaints. This will also serve to document cases.

Idhuca director Gabriela Santos commented on the violations of human rights that have been received in recent years, of which there has been an increase due to the implementation of the State of Exception.

According to the Idhuca, they documented 628 instances of human rights violations in 2022. In 2023, excluding December, the number decreased to 525 cases, with arbitrary arrests being the most prevalent violation.

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“We want to support individuals facing aggression or human rights violations. We want to extend the services offered by Idhuca, providing legal and psychological assistance to those in need,” stated Danilo Flores at the press conference.

Gabriela Santos expressed the hope that the new platform will serve as an additional channel for lodging complaints, particularly concerning the State of Exception. She emphasized that, in 2023, the majority of received complaints were related to human rights violations occurring under this security measure.