[Marxism] Human Rights Groups Release Secret Salvadoran Military Intelligence Document: the "Yellow Book"

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 28 08:15:04 MDT 2014

> Human Rights Groups Release Secret Salvadoran Military Intelligence
> Document: the "Yellow Book"
> Civil War-Era Catalog of "Enemies," Many Killed or Disappeared, Made
> Public on International Right to Know Day
> Posting Includes Analyses of Case Studies Spotlighting Victims' Fates
> National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 485
> Posted -- September 28, 2014, in recognition of International Right to
> Know Day
> For more information contact:
> Kate Doyle (National Security Archive) -- 646.670.8841,
> kadoyle at email.gwu.edu
> Angelina Snodgrass Godoy (UW Center for Human Rights) -- 206.616.3585,
> agodoy at u.washington.edu
> Washington, D.C., September 28, 2014 -- Today, In recognition of
> International Right to Know Day, the National Security Archive has posted
> online the entirety of the "Yellow Book," an extraordinary documentary
> record by the Army of El Salvador, illustrating their work targeting
> citizens considered enemies of the regime during the 1970s and 1980s.
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> The 1987 document from the archives of El Salvador's military intelligence
> identifies almost two thousand Salvadorans who were considered "delinquent
> terrorists" by the Armed Forces, among them current President Salvador
> Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla leader. Other individuals listed include
> human rights advocates, labor leaders, and political figures, many known to
> have been victims of illegal detention, torture, extrajudicial execution,
> forced disappearance, and other human rights abuses.
> Called the Libro Amarillo or Yellow Book, the report is the first-ever
> confidential Salvadoran military document to be made public, and the only
> evidence to appear from the Salvadoran Army's own files of the surveillance
> methods used by security forces to target Salvadoran citizens during the
> country's 12-year civil war.  Accompanying today's posting are related
> analysis and declassified U.S. documents, gathered through a collaboration
> between the National Security Archive, the University of Washington Center
> for Human Rights and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG).
> View the Yellow Book posting on the National Security Archive's website:
> http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB485/
> Analysis by the Human Rights Data Analysis Group has determined that
> approximately 43% of names in the Yellow Book correspond with reports of
> human rights violations registered by Salvadoran human rights organizations
> and the U.N. Truth Commission during the period of 1980 to 1992.
> The current publication includes three case studies, two featuring recent
> interviews with survivors of illegal detention and torture who are profiled
> in the Yellow Book. "To live to see this book, it makes you feel happy to
> be alive, that they weren't able to kill you," said Hector Bernabe Recinos,
> a union leader arrested in 1980 who appears in the document, "because the
> decision to eliminate you had been close."
> "For more than twenty years, El Salvador's military establishment has
> stonewalled victims and their families about its role in human rights
> abuses committed during the civil war," said Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst of
> U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive. "The
> publication of the Yellow Book is a direct challenge to the military's
> continued silence and its refusal to release its historical archives
> relating to that era."
> Check out today's posting at the National Security Archive -
> http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB485/
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