Thirty years after Marianella Garcia Villas – What now, El Salvador?

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to the event "Thirty years after Marianella Garcia Villas – What now, El Salvador?" at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 March 2013.

Marianella Garcia Villas opened the eyes of politicians and concerned individuals in Norway and in the rest of Europe; she gave her life to make people aware of the abuses of human rights that were taking place in El Salvador. Christian Democrat and lawyer Garcia Villas founded the Human Rights Commission (CDHES) and was a pioneer in the service of freedom of expression. 13 March 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the date on which she was tortured to death, and her work continues. Today El Salvador has a human rights ombudsman, and efforts to safeguard human rights are high on the political agenda. 

At the event on 13 March, Human Rights Ombudsman Oscar Humberto Luna from El Salvador will speak about current challenges. Laura Perez Hernandez, one of Marianella Garcia Villas' closest colleagues, will talk about working with Marianella, while Benedicte Bull, head of the Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet), will discuss Norway and El Salvador – What is happening? Foreign correspondent and author Sigrun Slapgard will moderate the event. There will be a cultural interlude and music featuring Birgitte Grimstad

The event will take place in Norwegian. Oscar Humberto Luna will speak Spanish and be interpreted by Hanne Mørk.


The Fritt Ord Foundation Prize for 2019 is awarded to Nature and Youth and to Greta Thunberg for their contributions to making the climate and environmental debate action-oriented and mobilising.

The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 200 000 each for critics who write for Norwegian daily or weekly newspapers, or who write reviews for TV/radio.

The closing date for applications is Friday 10. May, at 3 p.m.

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