May 14, 2021

They expect the new Salvadoran president to maintain aid for the victims of the war

They expect the new Salvadoran president to maintain aid for the victims of the war

The Human Rights activist and lawyer of the victims in the criminal proceeding for the El Mozote massacre (1981), Wilfredo Medrano, said today that he expects the president who is elected in February 2019 to keep the aid to the survivors.

Medrado said that the survivors, relatives of the executed and victims of displacement receive "economic reparations" of between 35 to 10 dollars, without detailing if the payment is monthly.

"We are worried because with the alternation of political power this payment mechanism can be delayed, because everything will generate changes even if the same left wins", given that there will be "relays and we have to start from scratch," said Medrano.

However, he stressed that the victims have "the support of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CorteIDH)" and believes that the judges "are following up on this ruling."

In October 2012, the IACHR condemned the Salvadoran State for this massacre and ordered a series of measures to repair the damage caused.

Salvadorans will choose in February the successor of Salvador Sánchez Cerén, of the former guerrilla of the Farabundo Martí Front for National Liberation (FMLN), in the Executive.

Hundreds of residents of the El Mozote town of El Salvador received on Saturday in the central square of the community the remains of 3 children and 3 adults executed by the Army in 1981, an event that marked the commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the massacre of about 1,000 peasants.

About 300 people gathered to receive the small boxes with the remains of the victims, exhumed in 2015 and delivered to their families this Friday, and place offerings flowers to the monument with the names of the massacred people.

A state registry calculates the number of victims in 1,725, of which 988 were executed, 48 survived the massacre, 660 are relatives of those killed and 29 suffered forced displacement.

The Report of the UN Truth Commission in El Salvador of 1993 on the civil war established that between December 10 and 13, 1981 units of the elite Atlácatl Battalion tortured and "deliberately and systematically" executed children , men and women of El Mozote canton and other surrounding areas.


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