UN expert concerned about de facto amnesty in El Salvador

Subcommittee studying Reconciliation Act in the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador.
By Yaneth Estrada

Faced with the threat of a new amnesty law in El Salvador disguised by the Legislature, Rapporteur on Human Rights of the UN, Fabian Salvioli asked "not to approve the draft law which allows de facto pardons, for serious human rights violations and war crimes committed during the internal armed conflict that claimed 75 thousand lives between 1980 and 1992 ".

Through a statement, international expert said that "this draft (draft Law for National Reconciliation) does not account to relatives of the victims, their representatives and civil society " , therefore it does not comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (CSJ) issued on 13 July 2016, where the General Amnesty Law approved declared unconstitutional 20 March 1993.

salvioli, He expressed his "profound" concern about this attempt to open a de facto amnesty and eliminate criminal penalties for serious violations of human rights. Likewise, He recalled that "the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (whence) It prohibits the use of amnesty or figures that suppress the effects of a conviction penalty for serious violations of human rights ".

Meanwhile, FMLN deputy and member of the Sub Committee that analyzes this Draft (Law for National Reconciliation), Damian Joy said that "from the time of the judgment of the Chamber should have formed the commission Ad- Hoc, but for various reasons the time passed and not content, It was started last year to structure a work plan ".

As well, Fabian in July the ARENA bench clarified that "it is important to tell the Salvadoran people, the same president who is elected Reconciliation Act is a product of work, which it has been doing for more than 4 years".

Dorila Márquez, President of the Human Rights Association of El Mozote, surrounded by relatives of victims, on the outskirts of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador.

But nevertheless, outside the Legislature, former Attorney for the Defense of Human Rights, David Morales, human rights organizations, universities, iglesias, Sobreviventes family and the slaughter of El Mozote to 28 years of the signing of the Peace Accords (1992) They demanded that the Legislature "did not approve the National Reconciliation Act" which leaves again into oblivion, the truth, justice and reparation for victims.