“Salvadoran politicians mock the rights of victims with the National Reconciliation Act”, says the Jesuit José María Tojeira

By Yaneth Estrada

The Jesuit priest Jose Maria Tojeira, exrector of the Central American University Jose Simeon Canas UCA, From El Salvador, He said that with the new Law on Reparation of Victims of past armed conflict, Members' rights mock justice for victims. They make fun of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. They deride the UN Rapporteur for truth, Justice, reparation and guarantees of non-repetition of the serious crimes of the past ".

Further argued that against the intent of the Legislature to enact a new amnesty law, Masked in a so-called reconciliation bill, "Citizens should say no".

Meanwhile, Arnau Baulena, lawyer and human rights activist Humnanos Rights Institute of the UCA (IDHUCA) He said that "this document is a mockery, an insult to intelligence. Why not add that the victims have to apologize to perpetrators for seeking justice? It is accredited bad faith and lack of knowledge and technical rigor of those who have worked this document ".

Also the former attorney for the Defense of Human Rights, David Morales urged deputies to be transparent. "What prison benefits and legal justification?, What time and research capabilities for the Prosecution?, ¿Powers of jurisdiction? Remember that the mock trials are violations of human rights ", he warned.

While the Bureau Against Impunity in El Salvador, to which belong the ONG Cristosal, He pronounced "against the National Reconciliation Law that the Assembly seeks approval as a new amnesty law".

The "General Amnesty Law for the Consolidation of Peace" approved by Legislative Decree N. 486, the 20 March 1993, He pardoned and exonerated of any judicial and military criminal charge both the Armed Forces of El Salvador as the insurgent guerrilla, that they were involved in crimes “It hurts humanity”, within the period of the Civil War, since January 1980 al 1 of January of 1992.

This was declared unconstitutional, the 13 July 2016, by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (CSJ), arguing that "the Amnesty Law violated the right of access to justice".