As people in the United States held a vigil on November 22-23 to mark the 19th anniversary of one of the most horrific massacres of the Salvadoran Civil War, two human rights organizations have filed a criminal complaint with the Spanish High Court against former president of El Salvador Alfredo Cristiani and 14 former members of El Salvador’s armed forces for carrying out and covering up the atrocity. […]
In El Salvador, the residents of one community are feeling the impact of mining long before any ground has been broken. Locals are talking about contamination – but not the kind caused by environmental pollutants – it is "social contamination" that is tearing apart the village of Trinidad, and a Canadian mining company that is being blamed. […]
A new report takes a close look at the US role in human rights abuses in El Salvador, the potential for fraud and intervention in the 2009 Salvadoran elections, and provides evidence that the the existence of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) — a police training institution in San Salvador that is funded and administered by the US — has coincided with "an increase in repression, including arrest and torture of citizens involved in peaceful protests."
Many argue that El Salvador has come a long way towards trying to repair its disabled past by declaring itself mine-free in 1994, implementing the 2001 National Disability Rights law and ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007. And yet, El Salvador has only made nominal progress in implementing disability legislation and awareness. […]
There is something eerie in the cyclical nature of El Salvador’s immigration patterns and its relationship to the United States. Based on our experience from interactions and interviews with Salvadorans as we travel through their country, we offer the following analysis, focusing on the intersection between remittances, gangs, and the post-war reconstruction. […]
In the second installment of our interview with El Salvadoran Presidential candidate Mauricio Funes, the candidate for the FMLN party speaks about his political influences, the media in El Salvador, and the potential for fraud in the upcoming election. Funes leads a recect poll conducted by the Universidad Centroamericana by 16 points over his principal opponent, former PNC chief Rodrigo Avila.
This week over 60 international organizations will join a coalition of over 40 Salvadoran organizations, calling for an investigation of this months assassination of social movement activist Hector Antonio Ventura Vasquez, and the investigation of over 15 other assassinations being considered political in the past two years. […]