March 29 2012: the Day of the Disappeared Child in El Salvador – Part I
Pro-Busqueda commemorated the day in a ceremony with the Presidente of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, the First Lady, Vanda Pignato and the Secretary of Social Inclusion, along with hundreds of families of the disappeared, students and others. President Funes presented a new postage stamp dedicated to the disappeared children.
March 29 2012: the Day of the Disappeared Child in El Salvador – Part II
In an event organized by Pro-Búsqueda, the President of the Salvadoran Assembly, Sigfrido Reyes, stated that “It is a day to renew the commitment to not rest until the last disappeared child appears.”
The director of Pro Búsqueda, Esther Alvarenga, remarked that nearly half of the young people that have been located had been adopted by families living in the U.S. – more than 2,500 Salvadoran children were adopted in the U.S. during the Salvadoran war – or Europe, and “had lost their country, customs and traditions.”
March 29 2012: the Day of the Disappeared Child in El Salvador – Part III
Juan José García, Vice-Minister for Salvadorans in the Exterior, observed in an event organized by Pro-Búsqueda that the Salvadoran state had published in the newspaper the full decision of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in the case of several disappeared children. The publication had been mandated by the Court in both cases in which the Salvadoran state was found responsible for disappeared children, but this was the first instance of compliance; previous governments had ignored the requirement.
March 29 2012: the Day of the Disappeared Child in El Salvador – Part III de nuevo
To find the decision of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, go to “Novidades” and “Publicaciones” on the website of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores: it is a “Flipping Book” that replicates the newspaper insert.
March 29 2012: the Day of the Disappeared Child in El Salvador – Part IV
From EFEAmerica news: a video of testimony at the commemoration. “The victims of forced disappearance during the civil war demand today that the Salvadoran state make amends for the severe damage that they suffered, through opening the military archives and the request for forgiveness by the Armed Forces, among other means.”
March 29 2012: the Day of the Disappeared Child in El Salvador – Part V
Amnesty International issued this statement:
“It is inconceivable that, 20 years after the end of the conflict, hundreds of families still suffer the daily torture of not knowing the destiny of those who were their most vulnerable loved ones and the insult of knowing that those responsible for the crimes continue to evade justice.”