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Access to justice and amnesty laws: two irreconcilable concepts?

Access to justice and amnesty laws: two irreconcilable concepts?  After a violent internal conflict, or in the context of transitioning from an authoritarian regime to democracy, one of the main hurdles that victims of violence face in order to have access to justice is the existence of amnesty laws. These can be either ‘self-amnesty laws’, adopted by an incumbent regime in order to avoid facing legal consequences for its acts, or else amnesty laws adopted in the context of an agreement among the parties to an internal conflict. In both cases, these laws generally prevent the prosecution of perpetrators of…