February 20, 1999 |
President Suleyman Demirel has appealed for swift passage of an amnesty law to help persuade followers of captured Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan to end their 15-year armed struggle for self-rule. Parliament is adjourned for a general election April 18. However, Demirel wants lawmakers back for a special session before Kurdish rebels can launch their annual spring offensive in Turkey's mountainous southeast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1998
Re "Uncertainties in Pinochet Case," editorial, Oct. 20: Many have accused Britain and Spain of ignoring Chile's legal sovereignty by not paying attention to its amnesty law. Passed in 1978 by Augusto Pinochet's military regime, Chile's amnesty law covers almost all human rights violations and disappearances prior to that date. While your Oct. 18 article mentioned the amnesty, neither that article nor the editorial noted the irony that Pinochet and other conservatives are holding this law up as if it were some objective law passed by a democratic society and embodying the wishes of the citizenry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997 |
Facing imminent deportation, Erika Martin Hooker thought her nine years of life in the United States were going to be for naught. But the Nicaraguan nurse, a longtime aide at a dialysis clinic, was saved from expulsion and released from an Immigration and Naturalization Service lockup Friday--the first visible impact in Southern California of the Nicaraguan amnesty law signed two days earlier by President Clinton.
June 30, 1995 |
With the stroke of a pen, an amnesty law signed recently by President Alberto Fujimori was supposed to exempt military personnel from imprisonment or prosecution for human rights crimes during the past 15 years. But they aren't getting off the hook quite so easily. The amnesty, hastily passed by the pro-Fujimori Congress on June 14, is being challenged by a Lima judge. Human rights groups threaten to launch a campaign to repeal it by popular referendum.
February 26, 1994
Georges Watin, 71, whose attempt to assassinate Charles de Gaulle was the basis for the book and film "The Day of the Jackal." Born in Algeria, Watin fought against independence from France and opposed President de Gaulle's decision in July, 1962, to grant the North African country its sovereignty. On Aug. 22, 1962, Watin attempted to shoot de Gaulle as he was riding through Paris in his limousine, but missed.
October 17, 1992 |
Ignoring objections from the African National Congress, President Frederik W. de Klerk proposed a new law Friday that will give him the power to grant amnesty to members of his own security forces and others who may have committed political crimes.
January 24, 1992 |
The Salvadoran legislature Thursday approved a compromise amnesty law that allows guerrillas to return to civilian life and gives an impartial commission freedom to investigate any war crime committed by either side during 12 years of civil war. But the law leaves the door open for the lawmakers to decree another amnesty for even the most notorious human rights abuses after they have been investigated by a Truth Commission established under an agreement to end the country's strife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1991 |
"I had a home, but I left it because of the trouble," Ricardo said. "When I returned to the home with my family, we found it had been destroyed, erased during fighting between guerrillas and the army." Like many of the 800,000 Salvadorans in the United States--with as many as 70,000 in Orange County--Ricardo fled his country because a 10-year-old civil war had made it impossible for his family to stay in one place and make a living.
October 31, 1989 |
The Hungarian Parliament approved legislation granting amnesty to many people convicted of crimes punishable by less than three years in prison. The amnesty law, due to go into effect in November, applies to pregnant women, women with children under 14 living with them, women over 55 and men over 60 and those suffering from terminal illness. The terms are halved for those in these categories serving sentences exceeding three years.
August 6, 1989 |
Legal U.S. residence status was no longer a problem for Benito Ortega, a longtime undocumented field hand here who received legal residence last year via the farm worker amnesty program. But Ortega, like so many other newly legalized immigrants, was left with the dilemma of what to do with his wife and six children in Mexico. The amnesty law made no automatic provision to allow undocumented kin into the United States.