July 16, 1993 |
A State Department panel concluded Thursday that U.S. diplomats reported honestly and fully on human rights abuses in El Salvador during the 1980s but that higher officials in Washington sometimes distorted their reports for political reasons. The largely laudatory report abruptly reopened the 13-year-old debate over U.S. policy in Central America, and it prompted human rights activists and liberal Democrats in Congress to charge the State Department with whitewashing its own performance.
January 9, 1990 |
The Bush Administration praised El Salvador on Monday for admitting military involvement in the recent slayings of six Jesuit priests, but members of Congress suggested that continued U.S. military support for the tiny Central American nation might be in jeopardy unless the killers are punished.
March 9, 1989 |
Vice President Dan Quayle's trip here last month to demand that the government end human rights violations or face the loss of American aid has had almost no impact, with the number of killings actually increasing since his visit, according to diplomats and human rights groups. In the month before the vice president's February trip, the number of civilian deaths attributed to death squads and the military was eight. However, since Feb.
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September 6, 1987 |
One man told of being forced into a pool of electrified water. A teacher testified that he was dragged out of the classroom over his students' wails of protest and interrogated for 15 days about a kidnaping he knew nothing about. Raul Sosa Rodriguez was 14 years old when government agents lined him up with a dozen other prisoners along the edge of a cliff and began killing them one by one with machetes, hurtling their bodies onto the rocks below.
October 9, 1989 |
A fiery Catholic priest is mourning the plight of war-ravaged Central Americans before an auditorium full of college students. "One out of every four babies starves to death in El Salvador," he says. "One out of four. The U.S. spends $1 million a day down there. (But) U.S. foreign aid doesn't buy food. It buys weapons. The army has them. The rebels have them. The death squads have them. What do the people have? They have poverty, no sanitation, no land reform and their schools under siege.
November 8, 1992 |
Government and leftist rebel leaders have agreed to a timetable for purging dozens of abusive and corrupt officers from El Salvador's armed forces, a senior U.N. official said Saturday. The agreement apparently resolves the most serious crisis to hit El Salvador's peace accords since the end of a brutal 12-year civil war in January, but the military's reaction will likely be decisive. "It looks like we have total agreement.