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El Salvador: News & Updates
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. The US-backed civil war, which erupted after the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero in 1980, lasted 12 years (1980-92), killing 70,000 people and forcing 20% of the nation’s five million people to seek refuge in the US.
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April 5, 2017
Water wins over gold. A victory for communities who, for more than a decade, have relentlessly organized to keep mining companies out of their territories.
November 19, 2016
No arrests with sparse crowd at SOA Watch protest
November 6, 2016
Join us at Beaumont School as we mark the 36th anniversary of the four martyred church women in El Salvador. With keynote speaker Marlen Sánchez, we commemorate the work of these martyrs who sacrificed their lives to stay in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized people of El Salvador.
Letter to Obama to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for refugees from EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, AND GUATEMALA
September 8, 2016
RENEWED REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, AND GUATEMALA IN LIGHT OF CONTINUED INJUNCTION IN UNITED STATES V. TEXAS
Dear President Obama:
August 5, 2016
Live Music. Poetry. Refreshments. Updates from IRTF staff about Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. With special guests from Colombia (Caldwell Manners, CPT) and El Salvador (Leslie Schuld, CIS).
June 24, 2016
repeated intimidation and surveillance of Pedro José Cruz and Bertha de León, human rights lawyers involved with corruption cases
June 1, 2016
appeal action and requested review of prison release of María Teresa Rivera, a woman who had a miscarriage but in 2011 was sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated homicide.
February 6, 2016
The InterReligious Task Force, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, presents the 16th annual Social Justice Teach-In as a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts 500+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In will provide participants with information, skills, and resources to support their own social justice programming at their schools and congregations.
December 11, 2015
death threats to and surveillance of Teresa Naves and Bertha de Leon, human rights lawyers for the Study Foundation for the Application of the Law (FESPAD) who are working on a criminal lawsuit against former President Francisco Guillermo Flores Pérez (1999-2004) for embezzlement.
RRN Case Update
December 1, 2015
US deports Salvadoran general for 1980s assassinations
Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova is the highest-ranking foreign official to be deported under laws enacted in 2004 to prevent human rights violators from seeking haven in the US