Welcome back to another week of Central American news!
El Salvador’s legislative assembly was about to pass a law dubbed by many as an “Amnesty Law” because it would have let those accused of war crimes off the hook. Strong pressure from human rights groups, international actors and the Salvadoran Constitutional Court dissuaded a few lawmakers from signing it. On Monday, lawmakers will briefly consult army veterans, churches, lawyers and survivors to see how to modify it.
Neighboring Guatemala - whose lawmakers are also discussing an amnesty law - is grappling with its past too. And the arts are taking up these subjects. The film Nuestras Madres
talks about the postwar generation, and in particular of a young Guatemalan anthropologist who looks for answers about his father, who had gone missing during the conflict. It just won the Caméra d'or
award at the Cannes Film Festival!
Have you seen the film? What do you think about transitional justice, amnesty laws and historical memory?