The Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) expresses its alarm over Legislative Decree No. 1097, published yesterday by the Peruvian government, that will apply statutes of limitation to human rights violations committed during the country’s internal armed conflict. The decree, which was issued by the executive branch without any prior public discussion, will effectively cut off investigations into crimes against humanity committed during the conflict and guarantee impunity for human rights violators. The government’s actions represent an affront to the nearly 70,000 victims of the conflict and constitute an explicit violation of the rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which has strictly prohibited any provision of law “intended to prevent the investigation and punishment of those responsible for serious human rights violations.” Legislative Decree No. 1097 is a major step backwards in the country’s efforts to redress the serious human rights violations committed during the internal armed conflict. It closes the door on victims’ access to justice and, since forensic investigations are tied to the legal process, will prevent humanitarian efforts to search for and identify the remains of the disappeared. EPAF urgently calls on the government to rescind this measure and immediately restore the right of victims’ family members to pursue justice and know the truth about what happened to their loved ones.