Salvadoran photographer Carlos Barrera takes a look at the nearly two years of human rights violations allegedly committed by the government of El Salvador during the country's state of emergency.
El Salvador's Nayib Bukele has won plaudits both at home and abroad for his indiscriminate security crackdown that has seen more than 1% of the country's population put in prison.
Bernardo Arévalo, who won the Guatemalan presidency by a landslide, says what is happening in his country is a "coup in slow motion."
In Guatemala, an anti-corruption candidate wins the runoff election by a landslide, in a vote that was a critical test of the Central American country's democratic credentials.
Guatemala's already troubled presidential election has been thrown into more chaos and confusion only weeks ahead of a contentious second round of voting.
Human rights groups have called the trial of journalist José Rubén Zamora a politically motivated sham after his newspaper uncovered corruption in the Central American country.
Catholic Bishop Rolando Alvarez refused to leave Nicaragua with other political prisoners released on Thursday.
On state television a judge said the government had decided to "deport" the prisoners, saying they had been declared traitors and can never again serve public office.
After making the cryptocurrency legal tender, President Nayib Bukele plans to launch bitcoin-backed bonds to raise $1 billion for the country.