Feb 5 ICGC Brown Bag on The Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1991) & The Committee of Mothers

'No basta rezar!' (Praying is not enough) The historical development of human rights from the bottom up in Latin America: The Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1991) and The Committee of Mothers, Co-Madres

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:00pm  ICGC - 537 Heller Hall

Heider Tun, Department of History

Abstract: The Salvadoran civil war was an armed conflict that started in 1980 and finished in 1992. During the years of the civil war El Salvador held one of the worst human rights records; it is estimated that over 75,000 people were assassinated during the war and 7,000 disappeared; around 50,000 of the victims were unarmed civilians including women and children. One consequence of this violence, however, was the emergence of a human rights movement in El Salvador. In 1977 an organization of woman called the Committee of Mother of Political Prisoners and the Disappeared: Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero (Co-Madres) was founded in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador. This group became one of the most effective human rights organizations in this war-torn country. The historical analysis of Co-Madres as a human rights organization will show how the human rights movement in El Salvador has different branches in which civil society in general but women in particular used the human rights rhetoric to continue their goal: denounce impunity and claim justice.
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