Thursday, 01 March 2018 - Saturday, 31 March 2018
Starts: Monday, 19 March 2018
Ruben Zamora talks about the social challenges in El Salvador today
Event organised by The Romero Trust, The Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Liverpool and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu for War and Peace Studies
Rubén Zamora is a distinguished Salvadoran diplomat, academic and social democratic politician with close links to the UK. From a devout Catholic family, Rubén Zamora studied for the priesthood for several years before pursuing a career in politics. After a degree in Law in El Salvador he obtained an MA in Political Science from Essex University.
As a member of the Christian Democrat Party of El Salvador he served briefly in the cabinet of the 1979 reformist government, resigning in early 1980 in protest at the escalation of repression. His brother, the Attorney General Mario Zamora, was assassinated by a right-wing death squad in February 1980. Throughout the war in El Salvador Ruben Zamora was a passionate advocate for peace, and as a founding member of the political opposition front, FDR, he travelled the world to build diplomatic support for peace negotiations. Due to threats against his family, he was forced to spend some years in exile but after the Peace Accords in 1992, he stood as presidential candidate of the FDR-FMLN centre-left coalition.
During the 1990s, he served as Vice President of the National Assembly and as a member of the National Peace Commission, and he founded and led the United Democratic Centre party. He has taught political science at several Universities in Central America as well as in Stanford University and Essex, worked as an advisor on democratisation in Africa and has published many works on Salvadoran politics.
In late 2017 Ruben Zamora stepped down from his post as El Salvador’s permanent representative to the United Nations having served previously as the country’s Ambassador to the United States and Ambassador to India. He is currently based in El Salvador as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
|Category:||Lectures and Seminars|
|Date:||Monday, 19 March 2018 - Monday, 19 March 2018|