Salvador Herencia Carrasco, Ph.D. candidate and Director of the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), has published an article on the pardon received by former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and its impact on transitional justice in Peru.
The article is part of a special edition of a leading Peruvian law journal, entitled Cuadernos de Jurisprudencia Constitucional (Cahiers of Consititutional Jurisprudence), dedicated to analyzing the philosophical, constitutional and human rights implications of the humanitarian pardon received by former President Fujimori in Peru in December of 2017. In 2009, the Peruvian Supreme Court convicted Mr. Fujimori to 25 years in prison for ordering the kidnap and killings of civilians by a paramilitary squad in the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases. Mr. Herencia-Carrasco’s paper analyzes the pardon received by Mr. Fujimori under a transitional justice perspective, focusing on its impact on the rights of victims.
Under Mr. Herencia-Carrasco’s guidance, the Human Rights Clinic, in association with other organizations, has submitted an amicus curiae to a Peruvian court and to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights questioning the legal basis of this pardon.
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