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Barrios Altos v Peru

Geographic relevance: Americas (North, Central, South)

Language: English

Data type: Legal citations

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Families of victims who had been killed by the Peruvian army took a case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights complaining that an amnesty law, that prevented investigations of the killings, violated the right to life.

The IACtHR held that the right to life required the Peruvian government to investigate killings by the state and the amnesty law violated this obligation.

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