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Justice for Denis Vladimir Rivas Ramirez, 5th year Architecture student at the University of El Salvador, Scholarship student with San Francisco de Asis Parish in Mejicanos, CIS and St. Peter’s Church in Kansas City, murdered on September 2, 2014.

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Denis during a visit to St. Peter’s Parish in November 2013

 

Denis’ Background

Denis Vladimir Rivas Ramirez, born Feb. 16, 1991, came from a humble background in the community of San Judas in Mejicanos and led an exemplary life.  He lived with his younger sisters Diana and Elsy and both of his parents who are originally from Ilobasco, Cabañas.  Denis was always kind and considerate of others and wore a sincere and calm smile.  He worked with the San Francisco de Asis Parish youth council to help guide youth at high risk of engaging in or being victimized by violence and in his spare time.   He loved to play soccer/futbol with his friends.  When his life was abruptly taken, Denis was immersed in his last year of course work for a degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of El Salvador and had advanced to the intermediate level of English at CIS where he studied for the past 2 ½ years. 

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CIS's 10th International Election Observation Mission

Runoff Press Release

The CIS has observed every election in El Salvador since the 1992 Peace Accords. For this year's presidential elections, we have had a group of observers following the process since October, 2013. CIS' preliminary report after the first round of voting was used in training for the municipal electoral authorities as well as influenced the guidelines for the counting of votes from abroad. For the runoff election on March 9th, 2014, we observed in 4 departments in 8 large, medium and small municipalities governed by different parties. We also observed in the voting center for Salvadorans Abroad.

Introduction

We congratulate the Salvadoran people for their overwhelming electoral participation and commitment to strengthening the democratic process in El Salvador.

Similarly, we congratulate the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for the high level of transparency throughout the electoral process which has contributed to generating maximum confidence in the announced results.

We understand that the second round of elections can be polarizing; however this is part of the democratic process.

We congratulate the FMLN for their prudence and respect regarding the final scrutiny process and the results.

At the same time, we want to express our concern regarding the actions of some candidates and senior officials from the ARENA party who declared themselves the winners, usurping the authority of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. We condemn the belligerent declarations of the presidential and vice presidential candidates of ARENA, which could incite the use of violence, military and police intervention to defend their antidemocratic assertion of power.

 

General Observations

Voter reception at the polls was orderly and more efficient during the second round due to the experience acquired during the first round of voting.

Nevertheless, tension was palpable and there was plenty of fear and intimidation campaigning before the second round of elections.  For example:

  • Three days before the elections, employees of ARENA mayors organized protests, closing principle arteries of the country with the intention to provoke violence and compare El Salvador with the disturbances in the streets of Venezuela.
  • Text messages were received the evening of Saturday March 8th, from the number 7841-1268 with the following message:  “THINK ABOUT THIS, the attorney general confirms that the FMLN Government has paid the gangs for a truce that has caused the increase in delinquency, disappearances, assaults and extortions.  PASS THIS ON”.   This message was sent to various phones including four of our observers.

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