12 Oct 2011

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10/10/2011: “Court orders El Salvador to investigate children’s disappearances,” LA Times

The October 10, 2011 edition of the LA Times online has an article called “Court orders El Salvador to investigate children’s disappearances,” by Ken Ellingwood.

“Human rights advocates are hailing an international court decision ordering the government of El Salvador to fully investigate the cases of hundreds of children who disappeared during the nation’s civil war three decades ago.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, found rights violations in the cases of six youngsters who vanished after being taken away by soldiers in 1981 and 1982.

One of the six children, Gregoria Contreras, 4 years old when she disappeared, was reunited with her family many years later after being tracked down by a Salvadoran group, the Assn. for the Search for Missing Children, also known as Pro-Busqueda. The group’s enduring search for children who went missing during the conflict was chronicled earlier this year by The Times here.

In its ruling, issued to the parties late last week, the court found what it called a “systematic pattern of forced disappearances of children” by army personnel battling leftist rebels. Many of the children, seized during raids, were placed into the lucrative international adoption market and raised abroad…”

Full link to article here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/10/el-salvador-missing-children-rights.html

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