Impunity and Grave Human Rights Violations

To be a Woman and Dissapear: Gender-related Standards of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Cases of Enforced Disappearance

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has heard, since its first judgments, cases in which some or some of the victims of enforced disappearance have been women. Although these decisions in which a gender-differentiated approach has been applied are still rare, the standards produced are undoubtedly a relevant input to guide the activities of States in the face of disappearances. 


Roles and Responsibilities of the Private Sector in Transitional Justice Processes in Latin America - The cases of Colombia, Guatemala, and Argentina

During the second half of the 20th century, several Latin American societies underwent periods of widespread brutal repression and/or internal armed conflict that left in their wake a legacy of massive human rights violations and significant weakening of democratic institutions.


A Necessary Reform for the Complete Reparation of Victims of the Armed Conflict in El Salvador

Experts estimate that El Salvador’s 12-year armed conflict resulted in around 75,000 deaths, at least 5,000 disappearances, more than 100 displaced people and the entire El Salvadorian population due to the prolonged, overarching impact of the conflict. Most of these crimes remain unpunished to date.


Transitional Justice in the Aftermath of Civil Conflict: Lessons Learned from Peru, Guatemala, and El Salvador

As transitional justice has become both a global idea and a global practice, there is an increasing need to better understand not only the design and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms, but their impact and significance as well. Any such effort requires an examination of the specific mechanisms of transitional justice, as well as the broader political context that gives shape to these mechanisms and their implementation.


From amnesia to memory, from memory to justice: the case of El Salvador

This article proposes that, since the amnesty law of El Salvador was invalidated by a constitutional decision in July 2016, the country faces a new historical, political and legal opportunity to address the impunity of serious crimes committed during the armed conflict that took place between 1980 and 1992. Improvements in accountability for past atrocities would benefit the fight against impunity of the present.



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