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This is the concluding chapter of this book, which focuses on determining whether amnesty for crimes against humanity can be legally valid under international law. In an attempt to answer this question the book defines amnesty as an act of sovereign power designed not only to forgive persons who have committed certain specific offences against the State, but also to help such persons lose memory of the existence of such offences. Whenever domestic authorities are called to grant amnesty for serious violations of human rights, it is suggested that they apply, as far as possible, international standards of human rights in evaluating the lawfulness of such an amnesty. In this regard, Cassel has developed certain guidelines that may strengthen the international legal force of a domestic amnesty decree.

Keywords: amnesty; crimes against humanity; human rights; international law

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