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This past Monday, the archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar Alas, closed the historic institution Tutela Legal, to the surprise not only of its employees but of civil society in general. Tutela Legal, the institution that houses archives of countless cases of human rights violations since the time of Monseñor Romero, has long been a hallmark of the Salvadoran Church, and a place for the consolation and support of the victims of human rights violations. Many of the documents in the care of Tutela Legal were used in the UN Truth Commission after the war, but because of the Amnesty law passed by President Cristiani in 1993, they have not been made available to the public or the Salvadoran court. Among these documents are Rufina Amaya’s testimony about El Mozote, documentation about the Sumpul River massacre, and evidence regarding the assasination of Monseñor Romero.
Annunciation House has joined other international groups in signing a petition to protest the closing of Tutela Legal and the silencing of its prophetic voice. Do you work with a social justice organization that might also add your support to this petition? Your involvement is greatly needed!
Read a more detailed article here. Or download the petition itself: