A woman holds a picture of her mother with a message that reads ‘not without the victims’ during a congress session to protest against approving the bill [Jose Cabezas/Reuters]

San Salvador, El Salvador – Legislators in El Salvador approved a controversial “reconciliation law” late on Wednesday, reigniting the debate about transitional justice after a 12-year war that ended in 1992.

The law is meant to establish how the country will handle justice and reparations for crimes against humanity during that period. But human rights groups and victims of the war – a conflict between left-wing rebels and the United States-funded Salvadoran military that left more than 75,000 people dead – accuse legislators of approving what they see as a new amnesty law.


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