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November 15, 2013 update

Files on Cases of Minors Disappeared during Civil War in El Salvador are Stolen

Salvadoran Government Must Take Decisive Action
14 Nov 2013

WOLA Statement

Pro-Búsqueda, a Salvadoran organization dedicated to finding children who disappeared during the civil war, reported today that early this morning, its offices were broken into. According to the National Civilian Police (Policía Nacional Civil, PNC), at least three unidentified persons broke into the facility, tied up the guard, and proceeded to burn files and steal computers.

To date, about 1,200 cases of forced disappearances of children have been reported to both Pro-Búsqueda and the government; the vast majority of these cases are linked to state agents.

WOLA is deeply concerned by this event and its possible connection with the debate about amnesty for human rights violations committed during the civil war. The break-in at ProBúsqueda comes only weeks after  the unexpected closure of Tutela Legal—an organization that played a critical role in documenting abuses during the civil war—and the announcement that the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to the constitutionality of the General Amnesty Law. It is crucial that the civil war-era files of human rights defenders are preserved. We urge the Salvadoran government to condemn today’s attack and to investigate and punish those responsible. We also urge the government to take steps to protect the various sources of data on human rights violations throughout the country.


Geoff Thale

Program Director

See our July 2013 post for an important update: the discovery of secret Salvadoran military archives.

To learn more about the organizations working on the issues raised in Niños de la Memoria…


Comisión Nacional de Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos durante el Conflicto Armado Interno de El Salvador:

Human Rights Center, University of California at

Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI)/ The Museum of the Word and Image:

Centro Arte para la Paz:

IDHUCA: Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la UCA:

Washington Office on Latin

Due Process of Law

National Security

Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL):

Center for Justice and Accountability: