Who

Collaborating with civil society, the private sector, academia, and government entities to promote and protect the human rights of all Salvadorans, especially members of vulnerable groups.

What

Promoting justice, equity, and inclusion as foundational to El Salvador’s prosperity, security, and good governance.

Where

San Salvador and 16 municipalities, with unique methods and approaches for each.

How

Building the skills and capacities of human rights organizations to advocate, monitor, and collaborate with the government, and enhancing the government’s ability to meet its human rights commitments.

Challenge

Since the end of its civil war in 1992, El Salvador has worked to establish and maintain systems that protect and promote the human rights of its citizens. While the country has made encouraging progress, such as creating the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office and the National Civilian Police force, significant challenges remain. Amid high levels of violence and a cycle of impunity, the government is striving to strike a balance between containing a domestic security crisis, maintaining democratic spaces, and protecting the human rights of all citizens. Meanwhile, Salvadorans face a daily environment marked by chronic violence, discrimination, and increasing abuse at the hands of security agents.

Promise

Despite challenges, El Salvador has an engaged civil society and a government willing to work to promote and protect human rights. The Rights and Dignity Project brings together governmental and non-governmental actors to collaborate on strengthening human rights protection systems in order to achieve a more equitable, just, and tolerant El Salvador. In pursuit of this goal, the Project enhances El Salvador’s human rights systems with an emphasis on security, policing, and anti-discrimination through three objectives:

  1. Promote democratic space
  2. Strengthen human rights advocacy and monitoring of the security sector
  3. Prevent discrimination and exclusion of vulnerable groups and improve their access to services

Counterpart identified four target population groups on which it is focusing its efforts: women who are victims of social violence, youth, the LGBTI community, and people with disabilities.

Impact

The Rights & Dignity Project promotes the development of an integrated network of human rights actors from the government, civil society, the private sector, and academia. To maximize the impact of the network, the Project will:

  • Develop a Collaborative Roadmap for Inclusion and Human Rights that captures priority action items to improve the human rights situation of the four vulnerable populations.
  • Create El Salvador’s first National Human Rights Observatory that will collect, produce, and disseminate information related to human rights violations and trends and serve as a resource for advocates.
  • Build the capacities of Human Rights Organizations to engage and participate in regional and international human rights systems, not only enhancing their abilities but also increasing global awareness and understanding of the state of human rights in El Salvador.
  • Award grants to human rights organizations to implement the Collaborative Roadmap and pursue advocacy activities related to effective policing, prison reform, and access to justice.
  • Provide capacity building and technical assistance to security sector entities, building their understanding of, and capacities to adhere to, international human rights standards.
  • Facilitate and improve dialogue between civil society and government to advance broader implementation of national systems to protect human rights.
  • Support government institutions to pursue transitional justice and begin healing historical wounds.
    Launch and conduct a national Human Rights and Inclusion campaign to promote the inclusion of vulnerable groups.

Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

Partners

Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Implementing Partners: Due Process of Law Foundation, Partners El Salvador

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