Blog post: Defunct Amnesty Decree Haunts Guatemala Genocide Case

Human rights are universal, but publishing this blog post on the recent Guatemala genocide case (while my day job is working on data protection and free expression online) feels beyond the cross-cutting norm even for work in democracy, governance, and customary law. I adapted the article from the first essay I wrote for my Oxford studies in international human rights law.

By raising the possibility that an outdated amnesty decree could apply to a former military leader’s genocide charges, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court is not merely going against the country’s own laws, but also breaching the widely accepted if still nascent norm of international human rights law that prohibits amnesties for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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