Amnesty: National Reconciliation Law or Decree Law 8-86?

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

Even though the currently valid Guatemalan law that concedes amnesty only over political crimes and common crimes related to such is the National Reconciliation Law (Decree 145-96 of the Republics Congress), the events occurred in 2013 and 2014 concerning the case of the Ixil genocide show that a previously abolished law on the same subject matter (Decree Law 8-86) is being utilized in order to obstruct the administration of justice, since its application is being claimed even though it can t proceed and, even worse, recognizing contents it never had.


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