Deputies agree on reforms so that femicide does not prescribe in El Salvador

Deputies of a commission of the Legislative Assembly, dominated by the ruling party, agreed on Monday to reform the Criminal Code of El Salvador so that the crime of femicide does not prescribe, according to said State body.

According to the source, the parliamentarians of the Women’s and Gender Equality Commission issued a favorable opinion to make changes to articles 32 and 34 of the Penal Code.

In addition, they approved the incorporation of article ’58-A’ into the Comprehensive Special Law for a Life Free of Violence for Women (LEIV) to "reinforce the non-expiration of this type of acts committed against women and so that they do not remain in impunity"he pointed.

He added that the initiatives will be presented to the legislative plenary session, for subsequent approval, in the next plenary session.

The feminist Organization of Salvadoran Women for Peace (Ormusa) recently indicated that, according to its estimates based on monitoring the news, in 2022 there were at least 68 cases of violent deaths of women and femicides.

This figure would represent a drop of 46%, with 35 fewer cases in 2022 compared to 2021.

According to data from the 2017 National Survey on Violence against Women, Salvadorans show a very low level of trust in the administration of justice.

Only 6 out of 100 women report acts of violence against them, figures that drop to 0% of reports in cases of violence against Afro-descendant and indigenous women.

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