Argentina: amicus curiae brief on the incompatibility with international law of the full stop and due obedience laws

On June 1, 2001, the ICJ, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch presented an Amicus Curiae brief before Court II of the National Chamber for Federal Criminal and Correctional Matters of Argentina.

This submission concerned the incompatibility of the “Full Stop” and “Due Obedience” Laws with international human rights law and, in particular, with the obligation of Argentina to bring to justice and punish the perpetrators of gross violations of human rights.

The “Full Stop” and “Due Obedience” laws, veritable amnesties in disguise, confirmed the impunity surrounding the gross violations of human rights committed under the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983).

As the United Nations Human Rights Committee has stated, these laws “have impeded investigations into allegations of crimes committed by the armed forces and agents of national security services and have been applied even in cases where there exists significant evidence of such gross human rights violations”.

Argentina-incompatibility due obedience-legal submissions-2001-eng (full text in English, PDF)

Argentina-incompatibility with int law and due obedience-legal submissions-2001-spa (full text in Spanish, PDF)


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