Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who recently rejected the idea of granting the FARC total amnesty (Photo: Flickr/globovision)
07 April 2015 by Louisa Reynolds

Almost two-and-a-half years after the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began peace talks in Havana, key agreements have been reached on land reform, political participation and drug trafficking.

27 January 2010 by -

Germany has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina’s former dictator General Jorge Videla on suspicion of murdering a German man.

The Nuremberg prosecutor’s office opened a probe into the junta’s former leaders, including Videla, at the end of the 1990s over the killing and disappearance of Germans during Agentina’s so-called ‘dirty war’. But the initial investigations were stopped in 2008 after an Argentine court rejected an extradition request submitted by the German government.

09 May 2012 by -

The promise by President Pierre Nkurunziza for a truth commission in Burundi may well turn out to be an empty one. More than a decade after the Arusha Peace Agreement, which called for a special tribunal and a truth commission in the country, Nkurunziza renewed his pledge in his New Year’s address: “This year will see the establishment of this Commission.” He repeated his promise to the BBC in late February and it was bolstered by a visit by the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights last week.

By Benoît Frances, Bujumbura

26 September 2011 by Mariângela Guimarães

When I first watched ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian black comedy, at the cinema in Brazil, years after it was originally released, I was still a teenager. I remember finding it funny that black dots popped up on the screen to cover up sexual acts and parts of the body that we weren’t supposed to see. This was at the end of the 1970s and Brazil was under a military dictatorship that did things much worse than censoring film scenes. Every time I mention something from those years, like that experience at the movies, I notice that many people, and even younger Brazilians, seem to forget that the country was once ruled by a repressive regime.

06 December 2004 by -

The era of amnesty for those convicted of abduction and the disappearance of political opponents during Pinochet's dictatorship is now at an end. When, on 17 November, the Supreme Court of Chile confirmed the non-applicability of the amnesty law in the case of the disappearance of left-wing activist Miguel Angel Sandoval, it also recognised the legal validity of the notion of «permanent abduction». In the absence of the victim's bodily remains, the crime of abduction is considered to remain in force and is therefore not limited to the period of 1973-1978 covered by the amnesty law.

02 April 2007 by -

On March 10, the lower chamber of the Afghan Parliament approved a slightly modified amnesty bill that conforms to a ruling issued by the country's religious leaders. The Afghan Parliament had voted for a bill on January 31, which would have granted blanket amnesty for all war crimes committed in the course of 25 years of conflict [IJT-61] but five weeks later, the highest council of religious leaders expressed its disagreement, reports AP. According to these religious authorities, victims' rights are inscribed in Islamic law so the parliament cannot annul them with a general amnesty.

10 July 2006 by -

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni's offer of amnesty, which he reiterated on July 3 to LRA leader Joseph Kony, if he would agree to participate in the peace talks announced three weeks ago [IJT-49], has been unanimously rejected. "We are not considering President Museveni's amnesty at all. We reject it. It is beside the point; it is really not significant," said an LRA spokesperson on July 5, according to the Ugandan daily The Monitor.

13 March 2006 by -

On February 21, the Algerian government approved implementation of the provisions in the National Peace and Reconciliation Charter, which was approved by 97% of the population during the September 29 referendum [IJT-33]. This charter provides amnesty for all security forces who fought against armed Islamic groups; shields members of these groups who surrender their weapons in the next six months from criminal prosecution, unless they participated in "mass murder, rape or the use of explosives in public places"; and provides for compensation for victims' families.

19 May 2010 by -

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05 November 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

A judge in Argentina last week requested that Spain extradite 20 Franco-era officials accused of human rights violations during the Spanish dictatorship who cannot be tried at home because of an amnesty enacted in the late 1970s.