Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the human rights movement has been almost synonymous with the fight against impunity. Today, to support human rights means to favor criminal accountability for those individuals who have violated international human rights or humanitarian law. It also means to be against amnesty laws that might preclude such accountability. This Article both chronicles and critiques this turn to criminal law within human rights.
Karen Engle, Anti-Impunity and the Turn to Criminal Law in Human Rights, 100 Cornell Law Review 1069 (2015).