Weekly Report - 13 January 2022 (WR-22-02)

EL SALVADOR: Reopening of landmark civil war case raises eyebrows

El Salvador’s supreme court’s constitutional chamber (SC) last week announced it was re-opening the case of the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests (five of whom were Spanish) and a woman and her child at the Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA) Jesuit university by an elite army unit – one of the worst atrocities to take place during the 1980-1992 civil war. The news has been met with scepticism by some human rights activists who fear that President Nayib Bukele and his ruling Nuevas Ideas (NI) are exploiting the case for political objectives, particularly given Bukele’s other attempts to obstruct investigations into civil war crimes [WR-21-31].

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