Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad
- Published: 25 August 2014
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The Central American Coalition for Violence Prevention, CCPVJ, a network of twenty five
organizations throughout Central America, as well as the social organizations and institutions
signed below, regarding to Father Toño, we want to communicate:
Father Antonio Rodriguez is widely known for the work he has been doing for over ten
years in El Salvador working to prevent social violence. Drawing on his vocation as a
priest and his position as the director of Passionist Social services he has proposed
solutions to the problems of violence, crime, and insecurity in our country, that are
holistic and respectful of human rights, while simultaneously seeking to accompany
vulnerable and marginalized populations..
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Father Antonio was arrested by the National Civil Police in San
Salvador and accused of three crimes by the Attorney General of the Republic:
1)Association with illegal groups,
2) Introducing prohibited items into detention centers and
3) Traffic of Influence (Improper use of public office by a public servant).
As part of the judicial process he was given a preliminary hearing during which he was
granted conditional release, Father Toño. However, after only a few hours, the Attorney
General of the Republic issued a second complaint charging Toño
1) illicit associations and
2) introducing prohibited objects into detention centers.
Following these new accusations Father Toño was given a second hearing and in spite of
the judge declaring the case outside of her jurisdiction, she issued an order denying
Father Toño conditional liberty and returning him to jail to where he continues to be
In response to these events we, the social organizations, denounce:
1. The persecution of a defender of a human rights, who is widely known and
recognized in both the public and private sector, which has damaged his reputation
as well as the presumption of innocence he is guaranteed by the Constitution of the
Republic of El Salvador.
2. The coverage of the case by the media which has been biased and erroneous and
has contributed to damaging Father Toño’s reputation while denying the population
of objective unbiased information.
3. A combination of irregularities in the processing of the case since its outset, an
operation which sent a disproportionate number of police to arrest Father Toño.
Additionally, he was denied a chance to seek counsel during the first hours of his
detention, his case was assigned to a tribunal without correct jurisdiction, and he has
been charged twice for the same crimes.
Finally, we wish to express our ongoing support for Father Antonio Rodriguez, and in the same
way we affirm the work of all people and organizations defending human rights, and we will
not allow any institution or sector of society to criminalize such work.
San Salvador, El Salvador, August 14, 2014International Organizations:
Coalición Centroamericana para la Prevención de la Violencia – CCPVJ (Guatemala: Alianza
Joven Guatemala; Asociación Manos que te Apoyan AMA; Asociación para la ayuda a la niñez,
adolescencia y juventud ANADJU; Asociación para la Prevención del Delito APREDE;
CAPUCHINOS; Grupo Ceiba; Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios para la Democracia Social
DEMOS; Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales de Guatemala ICCPG; Oficina
de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala ODHAG; SODEJU-FUNDAJU. El Salvador:
CFC-PASSOS; Equipo Nahual; Fe y Alegría; Fundación Circulo Solidario; Fundación
Quetzaltcoatl; Fundación Rutilio Grande; Fundación Salvador del Mundo FUSALMO; Instituto de
Derechos Humanos de la UCA IDHUCA; Movimiento de Jóvenes Encuentristas MOJE; Servicio
Social Pasionista SSPAS. Honduras: Casa Alianza Honduras; Centro de Prevención, Tratamiento
y Rehabilitación de Víctimas de Tortura y sus Familiares CPTRT; Jóvenes hondureños adelantes
– juntos avancemos JHA-JA; Proyecto de Paz y Justicia PPYJ. Nicaragua: Centro de Prevención de
la Violencia CEPREV)
Fundación de Ayuda contra la Drogadicción FAD, Fundación Escuelas para el Mundo, Christian
Aid, Servicio Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con los pueblos de América Latina “Oscar
Romero” SICSAL, Coordinadora Regional del Sur, A.C. México CORSAC.
Observatorio de Derechos Humanos Rufina Amaya, Congregación Pasionista, Iglesia San
Francisco de Asís, Comunidades Eclesiales de Base de Morazán, Red Salvadoreña de
Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto
Terapéutico, Ético y Eugenésico, Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local, Movimiento 5+,
Concertación Monseñor Romero, Mesa Consultiva de Género de Mejicanos. Foro de
Organizaciones de Cooperación Internacional Solidaria, Coordinadora de ONGD Españolas en El
Salvador, Parroquia San Bartolomé de Arcatao, Instituto de la Mujer IMU, Asociación
Movimiento Salvadoreño de Mujeres MSM, Coordinación Ecuménica de la Iglesia de las y los
Pobres de El Salvador CEIPES, Equipo de Servicio a Comunidades de Base SERCOBA, Fundación
Hno. Mercedes Ruiz FUNDAHMER, Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad CIS, Comunidad
“Monseñor Romero” de la Cripta de Catedral, CEMUJER, Hombres Contra la Violencia,
Estudiantes de la Maestría de Derechos Humanos y Educación para la Paz de la UES, CPDH
“Madeleine Lagadec”, Justicia Paz e Integridad de la Creación OFM.
- Published: 06 May 2014
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- Published: 13 April 2014
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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.
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.
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.