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Beveridge & Diamond Participates in Center for Justice & Accountability Delegation to El Salvador to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Jesuit Priest Massacre

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., November 17, 2014

On November 13-16, Nico van Aelstyn, a principal in Beveridge & Diamond’s San Francisco office, traveled to El Salvador as part of a delegation sent by Beveridge & Diamond’s pro bono client, the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA), to participate in a series of meetings in connection with the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the killing of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter on November 16, 1989.  CJA’s ongoing mission is to uncover the truth about the massacre, one of the most notorious crimes committed during El Salvador’s 12-year civil war.

The delegation met with four of the five magistrates on the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to urge them to overturn the 1993 amnesty law that has effectively enshrined impunity in El Salvador and blocked any prosecution of the many war crimes committed during the civil war. 

In addition, the delegation met with Vice President Óscar Ortiz and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Castaneda to encourage them to call upon the U.S. to extradite to Spain Inocente Montano, one of the defendants in the Spanish criminal case regarding the killing of the Jesuits.  More generally, the delegation urged the officials to work with the U.S. and the other governments in the region to address the ongoing human rights crisis of children fleeing violence in their communities for the U.S.

The delegation also participated in a candlelight procession at the University of Central America commemorating the massacre and attended a special mass in the crypt of the National Cathedral.

 El Salvador Presidential Palace

The delegation at the Presidential Palace.

Beveridge & Diamond assists CJA with its ongoing pursuit of justice for the 1980 killing of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero (portrayed in the painting in the Presidential Palace in the photo above), and general advice on other human rights cases.  Mr. van Aelstyn previously served on CJA’s Board of Directors.

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