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The Massacre of El Mozote: 36 Years of Struggles for Truth and Justice

Decades after the infamous massacre of El Mozote, the fight for accountability continues. The massacre of El Mozote was committed during “Operation Rescue,” a counterinsurgency operation spearheaded by the US-trained Atlacatl Battalion in December of 1981 in the department of Morazán in northeastern El Salvador. Over several days, the Salvadoran military killed at least 978… Continue reading “The Massacre of El Mozote: 36 Years of Struggles for Truth and Justice”

El Faro: The Day “The Offended” of El Mozote Silenced the Military

The first group of witnesses in the trial for the El Mozote massacre has finished. Of 17 original witnesses, 10 have now reaffirmed statements they made before a judge in San Francisco Gotera during the early 1990s. Despite the horror of their stories, lawyers for the accused military officials continue to paint the victims as guerrillas. But the power of their testimonies says, “hush, hush, listen.”… Continue reading “El Faro: The Day “The Offended” of El Mozote Silenced the Military”

DPLF: El Salvador to establish a National Commission for the Search of Disappeared Persons

Unfinished Sentences and the UW Center for Human Rights accompanied a recent delegation to El Salvador, which resulted in a commitment by the government of El Salvador to form a national commission to search for people disappeared during the armed conflict.… Continue reading “DPLF: El Salvador to establish a National Commission for the Search of Disappeared Persons”

UW Center for Human Rights accompanies children of Salvadoran disappeared in D.C. briefing

The University of Washington Center for Human Rights accompanied a delegation in Washington D.C. during April 13-15, calling for the release of U.S. government documents regarding human rights abuses in El Salvador. Convened by the Mauricio Aquino Foundation’s Our Parents’ Bones campaign, the delegation of children of men and women who were forcibly disappeared during… Continue reading “UW Center for Human Rights accompanies children of Salvadoran disappeared in D.C. briefing”

A Long-Awaited Embrace: Pro-Búsqueda’s first family reunion of 2016

During 2015, a group of University of Washington students traveled to El Salvador to document the work of Asociación Pro-Búsqueda to investigate cases of the forced disappearance of children during the country’s civil war. It is our privilege to reproduce this article by Pro-Búsqueda recounting the partial reunification of one of the families that the… Continue reading “A Long-Awaited Embrace: Pro-Búsqueda’s first family reunion of 2016”

Unfinished Sentences Testimony Archive: 7 hours of Salvadoran oral histories released

Today, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR))is proud to release the Unfinished Sentences Testimony Archive, an online library of oral histories by survivors of El Salvador’s armed conflict. Developed in partnership with the Human Rights Institute of the Central American University (IDHUCA), the Testimony Archive presents more than 7 hours of interviews with… Continue reading “Unfinished Sentences Testimony Archive: 7 hours of Salvadoran oral histories released”