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El Salvador ordered to investigate 1981 massacre

The government of El Salvador has been ordered to investigate a massacre which left around a thousand people dead during its civil war.

The current government apologised for the massacre in January, with President Mauricio Funes weeping while asking for forgiveness.

However the Costa Rica based Inter-American Human Rights Court ruled that the killings by government soldiers in and around El Mozote have to be investigated.

A general amnesty, agreed in 1992, protected those accused of committing crimes during the country's civil war from 1980 to 1992.

But the court has now ordered the government to continue collecting details of the victims, conduct investigations into the massacre and pay victim's families compensation.

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