El Salvador human-rights prosecutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) is among sponsors of a Wednesday, Nov. 4, briefing on “Human Rights Prosecutions & El Salvador’s Justice System.” The briefing from 5:30-6:30 p.m. will be at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

El Salvador … will have to overcome the weaknesses of its criminal-justice system.

If the government of El Salvador is to succeed in facing the challenge of gang violence and organized crime, and generate sustained economic growth that benefits all Salvadorans, it will have to overcome the weaknesses of its criminal-justice system and demonstrate its ability to enforce the law without fear or favor.

A major test of the criminal-justice system’s competence will be successful prosecution of long-standing human-rights cases, including the Jesuit killings, the massacres at El Mozote and the Rio Sumpul, and the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero.

There has been renewed interest in these cases in recent months, both in El Salvador and internationally, according to the sponsors.

Featured speakers

Featured presenters will be Alejandro Diaz, executive director, Tutela Legal Dr. María Julia Hernández; José Artiga, executive director, Share Foundation; and Leonor Arteaga, senior program officer, Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF).

Geoff Thale, WOLA program director, will moderate the briefing.

Besides GBCS and WOLA, other sponsors are CARECEN-DC, the SHARE Foundation and the Due Process of Law Foundation.

To RSVP, respond to cscorpio@wola.org.

This event will be taped and posted at www.wola.org.

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