- 1977 - 1995 (Creation)
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S-1807 contains records concerning political activities of the United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL).
Deputy Head of Mission
Records consist of: summaries of meetings between ONUSAL and members of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN); analytical summaries of political reports from regional offices; timetables for the implementation of the Chapultepec Peace Accords; statements, reports, aide memoire and meeting summaries produced during visits by Marrack Goulding to El Salvador in November 1993 and Madeleine Albright, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, to El Salvador in July 1993; as well as summaries of meetings between the Head of Mission and Alfredo Christiani, President of El Salvador.
Also included are monthly reports of the Land Transfer and Reintegration Programme (PTT); reports to the Secretary-General about the PTT; aide memoire and minutes of meetings of the Joint Group of the PTT, which consisted of representatives of the Government of El Salvador, ONUSAL and the Farabundo Marti Popular Liberation Front; and reports describing delays and obstructions to implementing the PTT.
Political Officers Section
Records consist of: discussion papers issued by human rights organizations on the human rights situation in El Salvador; records documenting relations between ONUSAL and non-governmental organizations working to promote human rights; memoranda and manuals describing the role of the government in the monitoring of human rights abuses; and records concerning the protocol enacted during ONUSAL’s investigations of human rights violations.
Also included are records pertaining to the operation of the Preliminary Mission established in El Salvador by the Secretary-General in March 1991. The Preliminary Mission studied the feasibility of establishing ONUSAL in advance of the ceasefire stipulated by the Chapultepec Peace Accords, and formally recommended its establishment to the Secretary-General. Documents include handwritten notes, summaries of meetings, and reports and comments about the developing ONUSAL mission mandate.
Records also include: summaries of meetings of the National Commission for the Consolidation of Peace (COPAZ), and of the Special Agrarian Committee (CEA) of COPAZ; summaries of meetings of the Supervision and Security Commission of the Land Transfer and Reintegration Program (PTT); and summaries of meetings between ONUSAL and representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Political Analysis Section
Records consist of: weekly reports of the Head of the Military Team to the Head of Mission; daily situation reports from the Chief Military Observer to United Nations headquarters in New York; and summaries of meetings of various committees and working groups of the Land Transfer and Reintegration Program (PTT), including working groups on loans, the disabled, farming and livestock.
Regional Office of Chalatenango
Records consist primarily of correspondence, as well as: case information sheets, updates on cases of human rights violations, monthly statistics on human rights violations; and reports on the administration of justice in Chalatenango municipalities. Press bulletins comment on activities of the Head of Mission, the Human Rights Division, Military Division, Police Division, and on important mission-related events.
Regional Office of San Miguel
Records consist of: weekly, biweekly and monthly reports of the Regional Office of San Miguel; case information sheets of human rights violations committed in San Miguel and neighboring departments; lists of cases of human rights violations attributed to the National Civil Police (PNC); notes for the file submitted by Human Rights Officers; notes on visits to prisons; situation reports about local conflicts and other incidents; reports on the return of exiled mayors (alcaldes); reports on the reestablishment of public administration in former conflict zones; notes of meetings between ONUSAL officers and local government officials; political situation reports; summaries of meetings of the Forum for Economic and Social Coordination; and records and statistics for Land Bank transactions and other reintegration activities. Also included is correspondence between the Coordinator of the Regional Office of San Miguel and Salvadoran national and local government officials, and the government Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman.
Records relating to the elections include: notes on meetings with representatives of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE); reports on visits to the municipal branches of the TSE; summaries of meetings with representatives of political parties; reports on the election process in the departments of Morazan and La Union; statistics and reports on voter registration; and instructions and regulations for electoral observers.
Records on non-governmental organizations include: correspondence and summaries of meetings between ONUSAL and representatives of non-governmental organizations; position statements; summaries of the missions and principles of non-governmental organizations; and reports on the relations between non-governmental organizations and the Human Rights Division. Non-governmental organizations include: the Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero Committee of Mothers and Families of the Political Prisoners, Disappeared and Assassinated of El Salvador (COMADRES) and ANDES 21 de Junio.
Regional Office of San Salvador
Chronological files include: memoranda describing activities of the Regional Office of San Salvador such as voter registration projects, investigations conducted by Police Observers, and visits to prisons; updates on cases of human rights violations being monitored by the Regional Office of San Salvador; and correspondence with Salvadoran non-governmental organizations, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), local government officials, political parties, and foreign embassies.
Also included are: weekly reports of the Regional Office of San Salvador; circulars; papers on the organization and role of the Regional Office of San Salvador; notes for the file on meetings of Regional Office Coordinators; summaries of Field Officers’ meetings and activities; and papers on the human rights of minors in El Salvador. Also included are papers summarizing and analyzing Salvadoran laws related to topics such as: property rights, compulsory military service, the penal process, habeas corpus, due process, and narcotics.
Regional Office of San Salvador, Political Matters Section
Records include: summaries of ONUSAL meetings with mayors (alcaldes), other local and national government officials, members of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) and representatives of the Corporation of Municipalities of the Republic of El Salvador (COMURES); reports and memoranda describing the state of various municipalities; the Plan to Reestablish Public Administration; statistics on exiled mayors; and correspondence between the Political Affairs Officers and various other ONUSAL officers discussing topics related to demobilization and reintegration programs such as land transfers and assistance to war-wounded.
Regional Office of Santa Ana
Correspondence covers topics such as: land transfer cases; land ownership disputes; relations with agricultural associations; meetings with representatives of the National Civil Police (PNC); human rights reports; deployment of police and electoral observers; voter registration events; political parties; and weekly activities of the Regional Office of Santa Ana. Also included are: summaries of meetings between ONUSAL officials and officials of the Government of El Salvador; notes for the file submitted by Political Affairs Officers; papers on the reforms of personal identity laws; papers and analyses on the status of minors in El Salvador; and reports on visits to municipalities and meetings with mayors (alcaldes). Reports on visits to prisons in the departments of Santa Ana, Ahuachapan, and Sonsonate detail: prison infrastructure, the problems of overcrowding, and delays in legal procedures experienced by prisoners.
Regional Office of Usulutan
Records consist of: papers on voter registration, the election process, and the political climate in Usulutan; election results and statistics; memoranda and information sheets on exiled judges; summaries of visits to mayoralities (alcaldias); notes for the file on activities of the Regional Office of Usulutan; and maps of municipalities in Usulutan.
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- Spanish, English