Barrios Altos v. Peru

This case concerns the actions of members of the Peruvian Army, acting on behalf of a death squad known as the "Colina Group," which carried out their own anti-terrorist program and indiscriminately fired at a crowd, killing fifteen people and seriously injuring four more. After the incident, an amnesty law was passed, which exonerated members of the army, police force, and also civilians who had violated human rights or taken part in such violations from 1980 to 1995. As a result, no legal action was taken against the perpetrators at the domestic level. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights. 

Case Summary: Barrios Altos v. Peru, Case Summary

Year: 
2001
Country: 
Did the State Accept International Responsibility?: 
Partial Acceptance
Did the State Raise Preliminary Objections?: 
No
Case Summary: 
Yes

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