The Permanent Commission of the Peruvian Congress approves the bill that prescribes crimes against humanity

The Permanent Commission of the Peruvian Congress approves the bill that prescribes crimes against humanity
The Permanent Commission of the Peruvian Congress approves the bill that prescribes crimes against humanity

MADRID, 4 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Permanent Commission of the Peruvian Congress approved on Thursday the bill that prescribes crimes against humanity committed before 2002, despite the order of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The measure was approved with 15 votes in favor, 12 against and no abstentions. The bill, presented by Fuerza Popular and Renovación Popular, was already approved in a first vote with 60 votes in favor, 36 against and eleven abstentions, according to RPP.

“An injustice is being redressed against the military and police who defeated terrorism and legality is being reestablished. As always, the national and international caviar mafia will try to break the law and not apply it. We must be vigilant,” said Congressman Fernando Rospigliosi, one of the promoters of the proposal, in X.

This comes after the IACHR, through its three branches, asked the authorities to take “the necessary actions to ensure that the project is not adopted, repealed or not given validity” in order to “guarantee the right of access to justice for the victims” of cases known as Barrios Altos and La Cantuta.

The bill declares the statute of limitations for proceedings relating to crimes against humanity corresponding to events prior to the entry into force of the Rome Statute and the Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.

The text would thus paralyze any investigation and active judicial process related to relevant cases from the 1980s and 1990s, such as the case of forced sterilizations of indigenous people in which former President Alberto Fujimori is being prosecuted, who has stated that he will run in the next presidential elections in 2026.

The legislation would also annul sentences imposed in cases related to Fujimori’s term in office, who was released from prison in December 2023 under a pardon granted for humanitarian reasons despite objections from the Inter-American Court.

Fujimori, 85, is in hospital after suffering a hip fracture following a fall in his room. The former president was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crimes of usurpation of functions, aggravated homicide with treachery and kidnapping, embezzlement and ideological falsehood, corruption and espionage.

 
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