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A "Lost Case of Genocide": A new Dataset, Massacres in El Salvador 1979-1991


  • Melaugh, Colleen


This article presents new data on the deliberate massacre of Salvadoran citizens targeted for their ideological beliefs during the civil war, 1979-1991. The contribution of quantitative research on violence against a specific group of civilians provides support for claims of malicious and systemic actions perpetrated by the State. This article includes estimates of civilians killed in 152 massacre events listed on the Monument to Truth and Memory in San Salvador, El Salvador and a table of 32 massacre events and estimated fatalities not listed on the memorial wall as evidence for the lost history of El Salvador. My hope is that future research and teaching in the field of genocide studies will give the El Salvador case greater attention so that additional prosecutions will occur for those responsible. And consequently, potential future perpetrators of atrocities will not view the El Salvador case as one in which the perpetrators circumvented justice.

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  • Melaugh, Colleen, 2016. "A "Lost Case of Genocide": A new Dataset, Massacres in El Salvador 1979-1991," International Journal of Development and Conflict, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, vol. 6(2), pages 154-175.
  • Handle: RePEc:gok:ijdcv1:v:6:y:2016:i:2:p:154-175

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    politicide; genocide; massacre; El Salvador;

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    • Y1 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Data: Tables and Charts
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics


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