Recognize work of human rights defenders in El Salvador

By Yaneth Estrada

Every 26 October, after the end of the civil war that affected the country 12 years and left thousands of victims and missing, in El Salvador commemorates the “National Day of Defender and Defender of Human Rights.”

That day, the work and the work of men and women struggling to achieve awareness and importance of Human Rights to contribute to the development of democracy is recognized.

Eduardo Garcia, CEO of ProBúsqueda, a defender of human rights “is a person who recognizes that you have rights, others have rights and that for the peaceful coexistence of society tries to be a healthy coexistence, and defends those rights can be a life, education, land and private property, to travel, freedom to be a person.”

On the same date but in 1987, Herbert Ernesto Sanabria, then president of the Commission on Human Rights in El Salvador (CDHES), He was assassinated by agents of the Treasury Police, to 6:45 Morning in Mejicanos, a populous municipality of San Salvador.

as Sanabria, thousands of human rights activists were silent, tortured, missing and murdered during the civil war in El Salvador between 1980 Y 1992.

Although organizations continue to work as Pro Search, Human Rights experts say that after the signing of the Peace Agreement in 1992, these practices still persist in the country.

In El Salvador, country considered as one of the violent Central America, still they continue to occur serious violations of human rights.

Persecution, irregular judicial proceedings, no visible situations and murder, continue to occur. further, human rights activists continue to struggle in the Central American country so that there is ban on metallic mining, freedom of expression, ecosystem protection and right to unionize.

The list of rights for which we must fight is still great. The challenge is to prevent water privatization, greater access to the democratization of the radio spectrum, eliminate the marginalization of indigenous peoples, enforced disappearances, violations of women's rights, assisted abortion ban, as well as crimes against the LGBT community, children and adults, among others.

Eduardo Garcia, CEO of Probúsqueda.