The 1993 amnesty law, passed after the conclusion of El Salvador's 12 year civil war, has meant that many crimes committed by death squads, government troops, and guerilla forces have gone uninvestigated and unjudged by El Salvador's government. Human rights' activists continue to call for that law to be repealed, as a recent article on the IPS news service reminds us:
Many voices [are] calling for the repeal of a 1993 amnesty law seen by activists and United Nations experts as the biggest hurdle to achieving respect for human rights, as the country's homicide rate soars and forced disappearances are occurring once again.
Salvadoran Human Rights Ombudswoman Beatrice de Carrillo reported a further rise in the murder rate -- already one of the highest in the world -- and a resurgence of forced disappearances in recent months.
She also complained that the amnesty law has created a climate of impunity and is blocking investigations into the whereabouts of the remains of thousands of Salvadorans who were "disappeared" during the 1980-1992 armed conflict.
In February and March, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and human rights groups called for the amnesty law to be overturned. (more)
Another voice calling for the repeal belongs to former US Ambassador Robert White who was recently in El Salvador. In multiple interviews given on March 23, Ambassador White repeatedly spoke of Roberto D'aubuisson as the intellectual author of the assassination of Oscar Romero, adding that the Reagan and George Bush Senior administrations had hidden grave human rights abuses committed by military and civilian groups in El Salvador.
A transcript (in Spanish) of the remarks of former US Ambassador Robert White, questioned by El Salvador's leading television interviewer, Mauricio Funes, can be found at Raices. You an also read the blog entry of Amber, going to school in El Salvador, when Robert White visited her class. More comments of White appear in Diario CoLatino.