Saturday, August 10, 2013

David Morales elected as new Human Rights Ombudsman

Salvadoran human rights lawyer David Morales has been elected by the National Assembly to be the new Human Rights Ombudsman   ("PDDH" for its initials in Spanish) in the country.   Morales replaces the outgoing Oscar Luna.    Morales has a long history of working in the field of human rights in El Salvador, having worked at Tutela Legal, FESPAD, the office of hte PDDH and most recently within the Funes administration.

The PDDH has no real power in the country except to shine light on violations of human rights, conduct investigations and issue reports.   Despite that lack of power, an effective PDDH can alter the debate on such topics within the country.

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