In December of 1981, more than 1,000 civilians were massacred in the village of El Mozote. A post-war amnesty law prevented this case from going to trial for more than two decades. The law was recently overturned by the Salvadoran Supreme Court, and on March 29th and 30th of 2017, a Salvadoran judge called twenty soldiers accused of participating in the massacre of El Mozote to appear in court. Cristosal’s Davíd Morales, the former Salvadoran Human Rights Ombudsman, is part of the three-person legal team seeking justice for victims and their families.
The significance of this case goes beyond addressing the atrocities of the past. This work will contribute to transforming the pervasive assumption that victims don’t matter into an attitude of accountability that will benefit present-day victims of violence.