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Niños de la Memoria documentary film
November 15, 2013 update
Files on Cases of Minors Disappeared during Civil War in El Salvador are Stolen
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.
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: http://www.cnbelsalvador.org
Human Rights Center, University of California at Berkeley: hrc.berkeley.edu
Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI)/ The Museum of the Word and Image: www.museo.com.sv
Centro Arte para la Paz: http://capsuchitoto.org/en/
IDHUCA: Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la UCA: www.uca.edu.sv/publica/idhuca
Washington Office on Latin America: www.wola.org
Due Process of Law Foundation: www.dplf.org
National Security Archive: www.gwu.edu
Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL):http://cejil.org/en
Center for Justice and Accountability: http://www.cja.org/