Photo: Agencia EFE/Mario Ruiz

Peru: human rights office regrets decision to pardon former President Fujimori

26 de December, 2017

Photo: Agencia EFE/Mario RuizSANTIAGO (26 December 2017) – The Regional Office for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regrets the decision by the Peruvian President to pardon former President Alberto Fujimori, who was sentenced in 2009 to 25 years of prison for serious human rights violations.

OHCHR’s Representative for South America, Amerigo Incalcaterra, said that “the granting of pardons is a prerogative that requires a rigorous analysis in each case, considering the gravity of the facts in the framework of a transparent and inclusive process, in light of international human rights standards.”

“In that sense, the decisions of the authorities must always respect the obligation of the State to investigate, prosecute and punish human rights violations, avoiding any situation that may lead to impunity,” he continued.

Incalcaterra stressed that the sentence against Fujimori “marked a historic milestone for Peru and the Latin American region in the fight against impunity for serious human rights crimes.”

Incalcaterra emphasized, in addition, the importance that the main authorities of the country always take into account the victims and their families, as well as the impact of their decisions on them, who after several decades still suffer the consequences of these events.

“In every social process towards reconciliation, the recognition of victims and their families is a central element. Not putting the situation of the victims at the center of these decisions undermines the advances made by the Peruvian State in terms of truth, justice, memory and reparation,” he said.

ENDS

For more information and media requests, please contact María Jeannette Moya, public information office OHCHR South America: mmoya@ohchr.org / +56222102970.

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