Peruvian Ambassador to OAS criticizes IACHR statement on Fujimori pardon: “Lacks impartiality”


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The Peruvian representation before the OAS has raised concerns about the IACHR’s statement on the pardon of Alberto Fujimori. The diplomatic representation of Peru before the Organization of American States (OAS), led by Gustavo Adrianzén, has questioned the recent decision of the Government of Dina Boluarte to release former President Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year prison sentence for the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases.

The representation stated that the IACHR’s statement lacks impartial and objective informative content and reflects a perspective of one party in the aforementioned cases. They emphasized that the IACHR has the duty to present its arguments before the Inter-American Court using the established procedural mechanisms and should not resort to press releases that unduly mediate a process that should only be heard before the jurisdictional instance.

The Peruvian State reserves the right to express this situation before the Inter-American Court, in response to the IACHR’s statement. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights decided to rule on the order of the Constitutional Court, which was accepted by the Executive, so that Fujimori leaves from the Barbadillo prison when he still had nine years left to finish his sentence for crimes against humanity that he committed during his dictatorship in the nineties.

In a note published on its website, the IACHR considered that Fujimori’s release was “in contravention of the international obligations of the State and in non-compliance with the orders issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.” This last part refers to the exhortation issued in March of last year to the then government of Pedro Castillo.

The IACHR reminded the Boluarte regime that “the Peruvian State ratified the American Convention on Human Rights and recognized the contentious jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court.” “Therefore, it is obliged to abide by the decisions that it adopts in the exercise of its powers to supervise compliance with its sentences and to issue provisional measures,” they add. The IACHR made a strong call to the State to take “effective measures to guarantee the right of access to justice to the victims of crimes against humanity, in respect for their dignity.”

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