LASA condemns amnesty legislation which seeks to undo war crimes convictions in Guatemala

March 12, 2019

LASA calls on Congress of Guatemala to reject amnesty legislation which seeks to immediately free those convicted of or charged with war crimes and ends all future investigations into such crimes.

The Executive Council of LASA is gravely concerned that the Guatemalan Congress is considering legislation that amounts to a general amnesty for those who committed grave violations of human rights during the internal armed conflict (1960-1999). If approved, this legislation would undo significant judicial advances and put at risk victims of past crimes and those who have supported them and adjudicated their cases.


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The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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