Amnesty Database Project

February 22, 2019 - 9:00am

"Amnesties have been vital to including armed combatants in peace negotiations and in emergent political and security institutions. They perform political settlement functions of elite inclusion, continuity and stability. However, international norms are now argued to preclude certain forms of amnesty. This project involves a compilation of all amnesties in situations of conflict, from 1990 until 2016, which traces when and how the amnesty occurred and its relationship to the peace process and agreements.  It provides empirical data from which to consider how amnesties enacted during conflict contribute to political negotiations, and the consequences of international prohibition of amnesty as a tool to try to influence and shape which elites are included in the political settlement bargaining process. Lastly, it assesses the relationship between amnesties, inclusion of armed actors, and international norms."

To learn more and explore the database, visit the Political Settlements Research Programme website here.

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