El Salvador scraps amnesty law, opens door for prosecutions

July 14, 2016 7:38 PM

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Perpetrators of human rights violations during El Salvador's civil war can be prosecuted now that the country's Supreme Court has struck down an amnesty law. Those include crimes such as the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Wednesday's decision declared the amnesty unconstitutional and said it denied Salvadorans the right to justice and compensation for war crimes.

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