U.S. bans 13 Salvadorans over 1989 Jesuit priest killings

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday issued a public designation for 13 current and former Salvadoran military officials for what it called gross human rights violations during El Salvador’s civil war three decades ago.

Issued for their alleged involvement in the planning and execution of the extrajudicial killings of six Jesuit priests and two others on a university campus in 1989, the designation bars them from entering the United States.

The crime is one of the most emblematic of the Central American country’s civil war that pitted then-leftist guerrillas the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) against the U.S.-backed Salvadoran army. The FMLN is now a political party.

That war was horrible. True justice is needed. This is just? What, preventing them from entering into the USA I suppose. It’s still something.

Just look at how long it took to get even that to happen.

I don’t think the three American sisters and their lay minister companion who were raped and killed down there in 1980 ever got justice either. I think of them often because one of the churches back home was the laywoman’s home parish and has a little memorial to them. Everybody else has forgotten them.

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