Peruvian Congress Approves Statute of Limitations for Crimes Against Humanity Committed Before 2002

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s Congress passed a law Thursday establishing a statute of limitations for crimes against humanity committed before 2002. Rights groups warn the decision could foster impunity and hinder investigations into serious human rights abuses.

There may also be merit in the following figures: Former President Alberto Fujimori Some veterans have been accused or convicted of crimes committed during the civil war that claimed thousands of lives between 1980 and 2000.

According to Peruvian prosecutors, the law will directly affect 550 victims and 600 cases, including investigations and judicial proceedings that have been time-barred or dismissed.

Fujimori ruled Peru from 1990 to 2000. Sentenced in 2009 He was arrested on suspicion of human rights violations. He was accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of 25 Peruvians during the government’s fight against the communist rebel group Path of Light.

In fact, the new law was pushed by the right-wing Popular Force (FP) party, whose leader is Keiko FujimoriThe treaty, written by former President Joseph Fujimori’s daughter, states that “no one shall be prosecuted, condemned or punished for war crimes or crimes against humanity committed before July 1, 2002.”

The legislation was first approved in June but required a second vote, held Thursday.

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte Bolarte can choose to enact the bill or send it back to the General Assembly with further recommendations. He has not said what action he will take.

Several lawmakers who served in the Army or Navy during the Civil War supported the legislation.

“The law aims to limit the application of domestic justice by extinguishing criminal responsibility over time,” the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru said in a statement.

Peruvian human rights groups warned in June that if approved, the law would promote impunity in all cases related to the 1980-2000 civil war, including the high-profile trial in which former president Fujimori was accused of massacring six peasants by secret unit soldiers in 1992.

Earlier this year, Vladimiro Montesinos, a former Peruvian intelligence chief and close aide to Fujimori, Sentenced to 19 years and eight months in prison In connection with the 1992 massacre.

The victims were mostly indigenous people caught in clashes between security forces and members of the Shining Path rebel group, according to a truth commission that investigated the conflict. The commission estimated that 70,000 people died in the conflict.


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