Summary: H.Res.761 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/21/2009)

Commemorates the lives and work of Jesuit Fathers Ignacio Ellacuria, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Segundo Montes, Amando Lopez, Juan Ramon Moreno, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, and housekeeper Julia Elba Ramos and her daughter Celina Mariset Ramos who were executed by members of the Salvadoran Army on November 16, 1989, at the University of Central America Jose Simeon Canas (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Extends sympathy to their families, friends, colleagues, and religious communities.

Recognizes the continuing academic, spiritual, and social contributions of the UCA.

Recognizes the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in this country for their solidarity with the UCA and annual remembrances of those killed 20 years ago.

Remembers the seminal reports by Chairman John Joseph Moakley and the Speaker's Special Task Force on El Salvador in investigating the murders.

Acknowledges the role played by the Speaker's Special Task Force, Congressman John Joseph Moakley, the Jesuit leadership of the UCA, and the Salvadoran judicial investigation and convictions in advancing negotiations to end the war.

Highlights the solidarity demonstrated by the people of this country, schools, and churches through their participation in local, national, and international events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the murders.

Recognizes that, despite significant post-war progress, the social and economic hardships which the murdered individuals dedicated their lives to alleviating persist among many sectors of Salvadoran society.

Supports public, private, nongovernmental, and religious efforts to fulfill the legacy of the murdered Jesuits by reducing poverty and hunger and promoting educational opportunity, human rights, the rule of law, and social equity for Salvadorans.