The case of the El Mozote massacre: El Salvador’s first trial for grave human rights violations?

 Leonor Arteaga, Senior Program Officer, DPLF

EL SALVADOR/MASACRE/ANIVERSARIO

December 11, 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the El Mozote massacre -one of the most emblematic crimes of El Salvador’s armed conflict. With at least 1000 victims, it is considered to be the worst massacre ever perpetrated against civilians –men, women, and children- by armed forces in Latin America. The massacre has regained public attention due to the recent reopening of criminal investigations into the case, 23 years after it was closed under the country’s then-valid Amnesty Law, which was recently declared unconstitutional.

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