WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
20 Sep 2017 | Podcast

Death Squads in El Salvador’s Police

Investigative journalists Héctor Silva and José Luis Sanz discuss what they’ve been uncovering

El Salvador’s National Civilian Police, especially a 1,000-man military-police hybrid unit, has killed hundreds of alleged gang members this year. Many appear to be extrajudicial executions. Demands to do something about the country’s brutal gangs has created a climate in which top officials have green-lighted a culture of human rights abuse. Two Salvadoran journalists, Héctor Silva of Fáctum and José Luis Sanz of El Faro, have broken the most important stories about police death squad activity. Here, they discuss their findings and the difficulty of doing this work in El Salvador today.



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