Armed Forces of El Salvador continues to obstruct proceedings in the case of the El Mozote massacre

Photo: Courtesy of the Procurator for the Defense of Human Rights of El Salvador.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Continue in El Salvador, the investigation of the El Mozote massacre, committed in December 1981 to the East of the country by the Atlacatl Battalion.

This Monday 12 October, the Examining Magistrate of San Francisco Gotera, department of Morazán, Jorge Guzmán Urquilla tries to continue with the schedule of inspections to the military installations of the Ilopango Air Force, that are located in the capital of the country, to search for files related to the operation “Rescue”.

Photo: Courtesy of the Procurator for the Defense of Human Rights of El Salvador.

As well, Sylvia Hidalgo, Deputy Attorney for the Defense of Civil and Individual Rights of the PDDH, went to the facilities of the Special Forces Command to verify the response received by Judge Jorge Guzmán Urquilla, about the case.

Photo: Courtesy of the Procurator for the Defense of Human Rights of El Salvador.

Until now, the Armed Forces have not obeyed the court order to execute the diligence and remain in contempt. “We leave the document with the Minister of Defense, Francis Merino Monroy, who tried to justify before the Supreme Court of Justice his refusal to open the military files”, Hidalgo said.

Photo: Courtesy of the Procurator for the Defense of Human Rights of El Salvador.

In the same way, different communities belonging to San Marcos, Lempa in the department of Usulután, located in the east of the country, they closed the passage of a bridge, with the objective of demanding that the files of 1981, and know the truth about the massacre.

Photo: Courtesy of the Procurator for the Defense of Human Rights of El Salvador.
Sylvia Hidalgo, Deputy Attorney for the Defense of Civil and Individual Rights of the PDDH.