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10 Jan 2018 | Commentary

Opposition Grows to Peru’s Fujimori Pardon

Jo-Marie Burt and Caroline Buhse

On Christmas Eve, Peruvian President Pedro Kuczynski pardoned former dictator Alberto Fujimori, convicted in 2009 for crimes related to corruption and human rights abuses. Kuczynski’s pardon of Fujimori has been interpreted as a bargain meant to ensure the president’s short-term political survival in the face of a looming impeachment process. International organizations, human rights groups, members of the U.S. Congress, and civil society groups have condemned the move for obstructing justice for the victims of Fujimori’s human rights crimes. WOLA has compiled important commentaries and statements on Fujimori’s pardon from within Peru and from the international community.

Statements from International Human Rights Organizations:

  • Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro. View Statement.
  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States: View Statement.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: View Statement.
  • Joint Statement from the Washington Office on Latin America, Center for Justice and International Law, and the Due Process Law Foundation: View Joint Statement.
  • Human Rights Watch: View Statement.
  • International Federation for Human Rights: View Statement.
  • Joint Statement from the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; Ms. Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and Mr. Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence: View Statement.
  • Amnesty International: View Statement.


Statements from Members of the US Congress:


Op-Eds and Coalition Statements:


Selected Press Coverage: