70 independent experts urge Salvadoran authorities to move forward in El Mozote case

11 Dec 2017

The El Mozote case has become known as the most violent episode in the modern history of Latin America. Approximately 1,000 people were executed by the Salvadoran armed forces in December 1981. More than half of the victims were children and adolescents. In September 2016, after the amnesty law was declared unconstitutional, and driven by the insistence of the victims, a judge reopened the criminal proceeding regarding this case. And yet, despite some progress, the government still hesitates to provide relevant military information and to detain army officers who have been formally charged with criminal responsibility. After more than a year with minimal advancement, some have questioned whether or not the government has a serious commitment to delivering justice for these crimes.

Read the letter here. More about the case here