July 12, 2020

The IACHR asks to speed up the repatriation of thousands of stranded Salvadorans


The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asked the Government of El Salvador on Tuesday to accelerate the repatriation of thousands of Salvadorans stranded abroad due to the closure of borders due to COVID-19.

“The @CIDH joins the call to accelerate repatriation and reiterates its recommendation to establish channels of cooperation, information exchange, and coordination between countries of origin, transit, and destination to guarantee repatriation during the pandemic,” the social network published on Washington-based agency.

He also noted that he “takes note” of a resolution of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court in which the Government of Nayib Bukele is ordered to “expedite the repatriation of Salvadoran people stranded in different countries, reducing the period of 14 weeks” established in a plan of the Chancellery.

“The @CIDH urges states to protect the human rights of migrants, refugees and displaced persons in the face of the pandemic,” he said.

The Constitutional Chamber ordered this Monday to expand the number of Salvadorans stranded abroad by the coronavirus that will be returned to the country and reduce the term.

“The authorities involved in preparing and executing the repatriation plan must include among the Salvadorans who will be repatriated those who, despite having a more or less distant return date on their tickets, have expressed their intention to return to the country” , says a resolution of the Chamber.

The Government of Bukele presented, in an amparo process carried by the referred room, a plan that would facilitate the return of 1,200 people, of the more than 4,500 stranded by the closure of the borders, who had paid their return ticket before March 17.

El Salvador keeps its airport closed for commercial flights and only receives cargo planes, while entry to people of other nationalities, who are not diplomats or residents, is prohibited.

The Central American country registers 2,042 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 36 deaths and 1,502 patients suspected of contagion.

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