Overturning impunity for war crimes from El Salvador’s Civil War

Americas Now

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A Civil War in El Salvador killed tens of thousands of people more than 20 years ago. An Amnesty law has protected those who committed crimes from prosecution. Now that law is being lifted and the families of those killed or disappeared are seeking justice.

“Americas Now” Correspondent Harris Whitbeck tells us what effect repealing amnesty could have on El Salvador.

The Civil War was an event that defined a decade for El Salvador and marked an entire generation of Central Americans. The country was bathed in blood with 75,000 people dying from 1980 until 1993 when a peace accord was signed. But almost two dozen years later not all has been forgiven, or forgotten.

Overturning impunity for war crimes from El Salvador's Civil War

Overturning impunity for war crimes from El Salvador's Civil War

A Civil War in El Salvador killed tens of thousands of people more than 20 years ago. An Amnesty law has protected those who committed crimes from prosecution. Now that law is being lifted and the families of those killed or disappeared are seeking justice. “Americas Now” Correspondent Harris Whitbeck tells us what effect repealing amnesty could have on El Salvador. The Civil War was an event that defined a decade for El Salvador and marked an entire generation of Central Americans. The country was bathed in blood with 75,000 people dying from 1980 until 1993 when a peace accord was signed. But almost two dozen years later not all has been forgiven, or forgotten.