The Presidential Pardon of Fujimori: Reconciliation or Impunity?

Human Rights breakfast about the Presidential Pardon of Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori.

Alberto Fujimori

Alberto Fujimori. Photo: Commons.

On 24 December 2017, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was granted Presidential Pardon for all his accounted crimes and pending criminal proceedings. Fujimori, who was detained in 2007, had been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of multiple crimes including illegal search and seizure, embezzlement, bribery, murder, bodily harm and kidnapping.

The Presidential Pardon has generated significant controversy in the already polarized Peruvian society. Some believe that Fujimori’s release contributes to a necessary national reconciliation after the last internal armed conflict, which resulted in more than 70,000 killed or disappeared victims. Others believe that Fujimori’s release is an illegal, unjustified political move, and that the rights of victims have been disregarded, perpetuating impunity in the country.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR), currently in charge of the supervision of execution of judgments against the Peruvian State for the cases of Barrios Altos and La Cantuta (for which Fujimori was found guilty at the domestic level), received a complaint from Fujimori’s victims regarding his Pardon. The IACtHR has received the testimony of victims and the representatives of the Peruvian State and is now due to issue a decision on the matter.



  • Jemima García-Godos (Head of Studies in Human Geography and Program Director of the Bachelor Program in Development Studies, University of Oslo): ‘The Peruvian Political Context: Fujimorism and the Presidential Pardon’
  • Leiry Cornejo Chavez (PhD Law Researcher, European University Institute): ‘The Role of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding the Review of a Presidential Pardon: Is supervision of compliance the right arena?’
  • Juan Pablo Perez-Leon Acevedo (Post-doctoral Researcher in International Criminal Law, PluriCourts): 'The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Presidential Pardon for ex President Fujimori: Legitimacy Assessment under Global Constitutionalism Standards'.


  • Natalia Torres Zuñiga (PhD Law Researcher, Norwegian Center for Human Rights).


Presentations will last approximately 15 minutes each and will be followed by a general discussion. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served.

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Published Mar. 2, 2018 3:26 PM - Last modified Mar. 2, 2018 3:26 PM