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Atrocities, Punishment, and Cruelty in the Americas

This article was published in five newspapers in Latin America. Leaders in the Americas have often been confronted in recent years with hard questions about accountability and prisoners’ rights. Should people imprisoned for the most serious human rights violations have the same opportunities for release as other prisoners? Should they remain in prison even when they suffer serious illnesses? Should they benefit from conditional release rules that are available to other prisoners? Peruvians have waded into the debate. Late last year, then-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted a “humanitarian pardon”…

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