Making the Invisible Visible: Hidden Signs of Violence

Human rights organization Cristosal released its 2017 Annual Report on Forced Displacement in El Salvador on Thursday, April 26 to draw attention to the phenomenon and its victims, who are overlooked in El Salvador’s public policy and national dialogue. The same factors that have caused a surge in Salvadoran requests for U.S. asylum in recent years have also displaced hundreds of thousands of people inside the country.

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Hannah Rose Nelson
Remembering María Julia Hernández

María Julia Hernández was a philosophy professor at the University of El Salvador in the 1970s, remembers Ovidio Mauricio Gonzalez, current coordinator of Tutela Legal “María Julia Hernández." Along with the team of Tutela lawyers, Gonzalez has inherited an ethic of dedication to the defense of the country’s most vulnerable people. 

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Hannah Rose Nelson
Human rights in El Salvador to be examined by the United Nations

On March 12th and March 13th, El Salvador will present its report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, to review the concerns and recommendations made by this committee four years ago and the progress the country has made since then, regarding the application of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which El Salvador is a signatory nation.

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Hannah Rose Nelson
Armed Forces historical archive on El Mozote remains impenetrable

The judge in the El Mozote case called two officials from the General Archive of the Armed Forces on February 16 to explain how they carried out the search for information related to the investigation. 25 years ago, the Truth Commission report documented the 1981 massacre of more than 900 people in El Mozote and surrounding areas, as well as the Army’s alleged refusal to admit that information from the civil war existed. Finding this information would make it possible to assign responsibility for the massacre, and also make it clear whether or not archives were destroyed related to this and other crimes against humanity.

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