International Justice

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Victor’s Justice in El Salvador’s Civil War?

The Salvadoran Civil War lasted from 1979-1992 between the military-led government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). The conflict started for several reasons: the assassination of Archbiship Oscar Romero, the rape and murder of 4 U.S. churchwomen, and the 1989 Jesuits Massacre which ultimately led to the death of 75,000 civilians.

El Salvador’s defense minister and leader of the National Guard in the 1980’s, Eugenio Vides Casanova, has been located in the US and deported from his residence in Florida. Although he has been found guilty through various court proceedings, his fate relies unknown due to the immunity he was granted under a 1993 amnesty law. Despite all the scrutiny regarding Casanova’s actions during war, many claim that the U.S. was highly involved in supporting El Salvador’s government in fighting against rebel groups.

Does the deportation of El Salvador’s defense minister, Eugenio Vides Casanova, serve as an example of victor’s justice?


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