Journal article

The inter-American view on amnesties: Human rights absolutism?

FFC Veçoso

Revista Derecho del Estado | Externado University of Colombia | Published : 2015

Abstract

This study aims at debating the inter-American court of Human Rights' reasoning regarding transitional processes in Latin America. in its case law on the topic, the court has determined that national amnesty laws lack legal effects. With no intention to define the nature or content of a duty to punish in international law, this study analyzes the court's reasoning as a result of an interpretive activity, a discourse that reflects a particular position of the organ, but is presented as something universal. differently from the court's approach, the main argument discussed herein is that amnesties and trials can both be justified from a human rights perspective in contexts of regime change and..

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