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.