A Breach of Impunity: The Trial for the Murders of Jesuits in El Salvador by Alejandro International Commission of JuristsA Breach of Impunity: The Trial for the Murders of Jesuits in El Salvador by Alejandro International Commission of Jurists

A Breach of Impunity: The Trial for the Murders of Jesuits in El Salvador

byAlejandro International Commission of Jurists, International Commissions Of JuristsPhotographed byAdama Dieng

Paperback | January 1, 1993

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A Breach of Impunity is an account of one of the most consequential trials in recent history and one which has lasting implications for the establishment of human rights in El Salvador. It is an account of the trial of the nine member s of the El Salvadoran military accused of the assassination of six Jesuits priests, their cook, and her 15-year-old daughter at the Central American University in San Salvador, November 16, 1989. Although the Jesuits are not the first religious victims of the Salvadoran Civil War, which has claimed the lives of 75,000, the assassinations have touched off world-wide concern over the issue of the government's response to military terrorism.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) was founded in 1952 in Berlin in the wake of the Nuremberg Trials and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eminent jurists from 42 countries met to establish a non-governmental organization based on the conviction that justice and the law are two indispensable pillars of democracy. Th...
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Title:A Breach of Impunity: The Trial for the Murders of Jesuits in El SalvadorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:81 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Fordham University Press

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ISBN - 10:0823214435

ISBN - 13:9780823214433

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The International Commission of Jurists sent its Legal Officer for Latin America, Dr. Alejandro Artucio, as an observer to the trial held in San Salvador concerning the assassination of six Jesuit priests, the cook at their residence, and her daughter. The savage murders had occurred November 16, 1989 in the residence of the Jesuits, located on the campus of the Central American University 'Jose Simeon Canas, ' and was accompanied by serious damages to the premises, highly destructive weapons have been used in the attack. Two years later, in September 1991, the public phase of the trial was conducted, which our observer attended.The report which we are now publishing goes beyond an analysis of the trial. It provides an overview of the country and describes the political and social context in which the assassinations occurred and in which the trial was held.

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"The Jesuit murder in El Salvador was significant . . . in a country where the military has customarily been allowed to violate human rights with impunity."