Pardoning crimes against humanity. The case of Fujimori

9 feb 2018 08:30 09:30 ENG
Camila Gianella, Chr. Michelsens Institute & Centre on Law and Social Transformation Elin Skaar, Chr. Michelsens Institute & Centre on Law and Social Transformation

Camila Gianella (researcher, CMI & LawTransform) will present the background and history of the Fujimori case. Her presentation will be followed by a discussion with Elin Skaar (Senior researcher, CMI/LawTransform).

Fujimori is a deeply divisive figure in Peru. After his election in 1990, he ruled for a decade. Some consider him a corrupt dictator, while others credit him with saving Peru from economic ruin and leftist rebels. His decade-long authoritarian rule ended with him fleeing to Japan, after facing charges of crimes against humanity and corruption. He remained in self-imposed exile until he was arrested in Chile. In April 2009, Fujimori was convicted of human rights violations and was sentenced to 25-years in prison for his role in killings and kidnappings during the battle against leftist guerrillas in the 1990s. This bloody internal armed conflict had left around 70,000 people killed or disappeared and many thousands more were victims of political imprisonment and torture.

On 24th December 2017, Fujimori was pardoned of all crimes. He was released less than halfway into his prison sentence, which sparked protests throughout Peru. The current president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, pardoned Fujimori on the grounds of ill health. However, there are allegations that it was a political tool to secure re-election as a recent survey suggests a majority of Peruvians agreed with the pardoning of Fujimori.

This seminar will take a closer look at the case and examine the implications of the Fujimori pardoning across the whole region. Camila Gianella (CMI/LawTransform) will present the background and history of the Fujimori case. Her presentation will be followed by a discussion with Elin Skaar (CMI/LawTransform).

Coffee and croissants will be served!

The event is free and open to all.