Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights’

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El Salvador: Human Rights Archives Torched

January 29, 2014

An intimidating pre-dawn attack on a San Salvador human rights organization has turned new attention to the still divisive legacy of El Salvador’s dozen-year civil war (1980-1992), which involved numerous abuses and atrocities, and resulted in an estimated 75,000 deaths and 8,000 disappearances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador: Catholic Church Pulls The Plug On Crusading Human Rights Institute

January 22, 2014

The Salvadoran Catholic Church has shuttered one of the country’s key human rights institutions, the Tutela Legal del Arzobispado, a legal aid office that operated for more than 35 years and collected a huge cache of documents regarding rights violations committed before, during and after the country’s dozen-year civil war (1980-1992). Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador: President Funes Irks Armed Forces With Emotional El Mozote Apology

July 4, 2012

Memorial to the Civil War-era massacre in El Mozote (Alison McKeller/Flickr)

As El Salvador marked the 20th anniversary of the UN-brokered peace accords that ended its dozen-year Civil War (1980-1992), President Mauricio Funes broke with tradition by directing the nation’s attention to what was arguably the darkest moment of that conflict: the El Mozote massacre. Read the rest of this entry ?

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In El Salvador, Leaders Wary Of Civil War-Era Human Rights Probes

September 1, 2011

USF memorial to victims of the 1989 Jesuit massacres (Flickr/Steve Rhodes)

Even as it grapples with a new era of domestic security woes, violence-plagued El Salvador continues to be haunted by ghosts of its last internal conflict: a 12-year civil war (1980-1992) that resulted in some 75,000 deaths and an estimated 8,000 disappearances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Families Of Pinochet Victims Bury The Dead, Not The Hatchet

April 15, 2010

Lonquen Ovens victims receive proper buriel - 37 years after Pinochet-era massacre

Despite his promise of a unified “second transition” for Chile, incoming President Sebastian Pinera will likely have trouble winning over the many Chileans who suffered directly under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). For them, the new leader’s conservative background and tough law-and-order message are uncomfortably evocative of the country’s authoritarian past. Read the rest of this entry ?