El Mozote

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What happened in northeastern El Salvador in December 1981, and why does it matter today?

 

General Information

ONE-PAGE OVERVIEW (547 words)

1981 massacre of an estimated 1,000 civilians by Salvadoran military

WHY EL MOZOTE MATTERS NOW (1585 words)

Today's prosecution is unprecedented in El Salvador, and shows that history need not repeat itself

 

News

 
U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) speaks on the House floor about his recent trip to El Salvador and continued call for justice for the families who lost loved ones in the El Mozote massacre in 1981.
 
 

OPEN LETTER FROM INDEPENDENT ACADEMICS AND EXPERTS IN SUPPORT OF THE EL MOZOTE CASE

Thousands of Salvadoran victims, supported by the international community, demand truth and justice today.

 

THE LAST WITNESS BEFORE THE MASSACRE December 8, 2017 (1050 words)

Óscar Antonio Romero Martínez, 55, has emerged as the last civilian witness to see the inhabitants of El Mozote before they were killed by the Atlacatl Battalion.

 

US REP. MCGOVERN JOINS HUMAN RIGHTS TRIP TO EL SALVADOR December 2, 2017 (132 words)

"Pursuing justice in the El Mozote case is a critical opportunity to make a clear break with the culture of impunity that has plagued the country for so long."

 

FOLLOWING TESTIMONIES ABOUT THE EL MOZOTE MASSACRE December 1, 2017 (527 words)

"The soldiers were talking to each other, waiting for orders from military leadership to tell them what to do."

WITNESS TESTIMONY (TWITTER THREAD) November 30, 2017

 

EL MOZOTE JUDGE ASKS DEFENSE FOR A REPORT ON THE LAW REQUIRING THE DOCUMENTATION OF MILITARY OPERATIONS DURING THE WAR October 26, 2017 (924 words)

The Attorney General’s Office confirms that a continued lack of information will trigger an investigation to determine what happened to those files

 
 

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE MUST INVESTIGATE WHAT MINISTER OF DEFENSE DID TO BE ABLE TO DECLARE THAT RECORDS ARE NON-EXISTENT October 16, 2017 (2266 words)

"What message are we sending to today’s victims if the extermination of more than a thousand people, and the murder of more than 500 children, is ignored?" David Morales, prosecuting attorney

 

NEW WITNESSES TO TESTIFY BEFORE JUDGE AFTER MONTHS OF WAITING September 20, 2017 (1028 words)

Case moves forward after a 3-month delay

 

GOVERNMENT AND ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TURN THEIR BACKS ON EL MOZOTE, ACCORDING TO TUTELA LEGAL September 20, 2017 (416 words)

Private prosecution team laments the government’s lack of cooperation with the judicial process

 
 

THE FUTURE OF SALVADORAN JUSTICE DEPENDS ON EL MOZOTE October 11, 2017 (713 words)

"What is at stake here is the kind of justice that will be handed down in the country." Wilfredo Medrano, prosecuting attorney

 

IMPUNITY CONTINUES TO BE A RULE IN EL SALVADOR September 19, 2017 (568 words)

100 cases have been filed; the El Mozote case is the first war crime being prosecuted in Salvadoran courts

 

REQUEST TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE EL MOZOTE CASE September 19, 2017 (242 words)

Prosecution team says Attorney General's Office has not done its due diligence in the case, despite judge's invitation

 

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