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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:19 AM

El Salvador: Court Orders Investigation of 1981 Massacre

El Salvador: Court Orders Investigation of 1981 Massacre
By ELISABETH MALKIN
Published: December 10, 2012

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 20-year-old amnesty law does not cover war crimes committed during El Salvador’s long civil war. The ruling, which was announced Monday, ordered the government to investigate the massacre in the region of El Mozote 31 years ago and to prosecute and punish those hold responsible. More than 800 civilians, many of them children, were killed by the military in the worst massacre of the war, which began in 1979 and ended in 1992. But Salvadoran courts have refused to investigate the killings, citing a 1993 amnesty law. The regional court’s ruling means that “El Salvador will have to secure truth and justice for the crimes committed during this massacre,” said Viviana Krsticevic, executive director for the Center for Justice and International Law in Washington, which joined with the human rights office of the San Salvador archdiocese to take the case to the regional court.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/world/americas/el-salvador-court-orders-investigation-of-1981-massacre.html?ref=americas&_r=0

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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:07 PM

1. Pressure grows on Salvador to prosecute El Mozote massacre

Pressure grows on Salvador to prosecute El Mozote massacre
By The Associated Press December 11, 2012

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Rights groups are calling on El Salvador to investigate the 1981 army massacre of about 1,000 people at El Mozote. Judiciary officials say cases could be opened despite a 1980s amnesty law.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights says El Salvador should reopen its investigation into the civil war-era massacre, and pay restitution to the victims' relatives.

Chief Justice Martin Rogel of the country's third circuit court says a judge could "declare the amnesty law does not apply" to the case, if prosecutors were to bring charges for crimes against humanity.

El Salvador's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday it recognizes the Inter-American court's ruling and noting "the victims and their families have the right to moral and economic reparation."

In 2011 the Salvadoran government apologized for the massacre.

http://www.canada.com/news/Pressure+grows+Salvador+prosecute+Mozote+massacre/7683760/story.html

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