Public lecture presented by the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) Canberra Committee
Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
On January 16th 1992 the Government of El Salvador signed a peace accord with the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front to end the 12-year conflict that caused the death of 75,000 people. The agreement, which included a general amnesty and a commission to investigate the atrocities committed, then became a model for similar conflicts in the region. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the accord, the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) Canberra Committee and the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador will host a Public Lecture about the agreement, its problems and limitations, the implications of the declaration of unconstitutionality of the amnesty, and the current situation of the country.
H.E Luis Menendez a Career Diplomat since 1982, Ambassador Luis Menéndez presented his Letter of Credence as Ambassador of El Salvador to Australia on February 24, 2016. Ambassador Menendez has served his country in various posts for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both in the context of bilateral relations and to international organizations. In San Salvador, he was Director for Asia-Pacific Affairs, Director for International Economic Organizations, Director for European Affairs and Head of the Human Rights Unit. He was appointed as Chargé d’Affaires to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the European Community, Ambassador Menéndez served as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), where he also acted as Deputy National Coordinator to the 7th Summit of the Americas in 2015.
Dr. Alastair Greig is an Emeritus Fellow in Sociology at the ANU. His expertise lies in developmental issues and he is the co-author of the Palgrave MacMillan book Challenging Global Inequality, among other works. Alastair has had a long-standing interest in Central America ever since he conducted his doctoral fieldwork there in the 1980s.
The lecture will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador