Peru will respond to the IACHR’s “excessive” request to abandon a bill that prescribes crimes against humanity

Peru will respond to the IACHR’s “excessive” request to abandon a bill that prescribes crimes against humanity
Peru will respond to the IACHR’s “excessive” request to abandon a bill that prescribes crimes against humanity

The Peruvian government has said it will respond to “an excess” by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), after it asked the State on Tuesday not to approve the bill that considers any crime against humanity or crimes against humanity committed before 2002 to be prescribed. “Telling Parliament what to do is an excess that has not been seen” before, said this Friday the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Javier González-Olaechea in an interview for the Willax channel reported by the Andina agency. These criticisms come after, despite the IACHR’s request, the Peruvian Congress approved this Thursday the aforementioned bill that includes former president Alberto Fujimori – who is being prosecuted for the forced sterilizations of indigenous people – who has stated that he will run in the next presidential elections in 2026. The head of Foreign Affairs has assured that the Peruvian Executive will respond “in accordance with the requirements of the Presidency” to the IACHR’s statement, of which he has asked if “in practice, it is also a legislator?”. This Tuesday, the IACHR required the Peruvian State to take, through its three Powers, “the necessary actions so that the project is not adopted, left without effect 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. In this regard, the Court argued that the law “would cause irreparable damage in terms of overcoming impunity, rendering such sentences ineffective.” 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 make it possible to paralyze any investigation and active judicial process relating to relevant cases from the 1980s and 1990s. Likewise, the legislation would annul the sentences imposed in cases corresponding to the mandate of Fujimori, who was released from prison in December 2023 under the protection of a pardon granted for humanitarian reasons and despite the objection of the Inter-American Court. Fujimori, 85, is hospitalized after having suffered a hip fracture as a result of 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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