The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has raised concerns about the Amnesty Decree which passed in the Honduran Congress on January 26th, 2010. Historically, many amnesty laws have been found to significantly obstruct the prosecution and punishment of those responsible for human rights violations in respective states. Consequently, the Commission is concerned with the ambiguous language and absence of specific criteria and precise standards for application in the Honduras decree.
This places the Amnesty Law in conflict with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights doctrine that “an amnesty law may not serve as a justification for failing to comply with the duty to investigate and to ensure access to justice.” As a result, the Commission is calling upon government officials in Honduras to review the decree, while keeping in mind international treaty obligations concerning human rights.
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