Practice Relating to Rule 159. Amnesty
Between 1987 and 1993, the Peruvian Congress adopted the Law on Terrorism (1987), the Law on the Mitigation, Exemption or Remission of Punishment of Terrorism (1989), the Decree on Terrorism (1991), the Decree-Law on the Conditions for Mitigation, Exemption, Remission or Reduction of Punishment for Terrorism (1992) and the Decree on Repentance for Terrorism (1993). In principle these laws excluded the commutation of sentences for offences related to acts of terrorism, foreseeing, however, sentence reductions or exemptions if there had been subsequent “repentance”.
In 1996, Peru adopted the Law on Amnesty for Retired Officers of the Armed Forces and the Law on Amnesty for Military and Civil Personnel by which it granted a general amnesty to military and civilian personnel investigated or tried for acts related to insults to the armed forces, disobedience, etc.