Impunity and Grave Human Rights Violations

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.


Challenging the Amnesty Law in El Salvador: Domestic and International Alternatives to Bring an End to Impunity

This report, titled Challenging the Amnesty Law in El Salvador: Domestic and International Alternatives to Bring an End to Impunity, analyzes El Salvador's post-conflict process, which lacks a comprehensive approach to guarantee truth, justice, reparation, and non-recurrence.


The Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia: Recommendations for the Selection of Judges of the Chambers and Divisions of the Tribunal for Peace

This report presents various recommendations for the establishment of a selection and appointment procedure consistent with the standards and best practices on the selection of high-level judges in international and comparative law, and with comparative experiences in the composition of other criminal courts of transitional justice around the world, insofar as they may be applicable to the case of Colombia.


Digest of Latin American Jurisprudence on the Rights of Victims

DPLF's new publication, authored by Professor Ximena Medellín, is a pioneering systematization of 23 Latin American judicial decisions on the rights of victims issued by courts in eight countries of the region: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. The judgments included in this volume reflect important developments in Latin American jurisprudence, which extend the scope of the jurisprudence of international courts.


#18 Current challenges in seeking justice for serious crimes of the past

In 2013, several important trials took place for crimes committed during the dictatorships in Latin America. These trials showed us, on one hand, that the investigation and punishment of those acts remain unfinished tasks in the region, and on the other hand, that national courts have become the new leaders in the fight against impunity. The central role of the victims and the organizations that support them must be given due recognition.



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