Death penalty, arbitrary detention and torture
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After a two-year investigation about thousands cases of torture, ill-treatment, enforced disappearances and other violation of human rights that occurred under the authoritarian regime, between 1964 and 1985, the National Truth Commission ("Comissão Nacional da Verdade") released its much awaited report on 10 December 2014 (only available in Portuguese).
According to Amnesty International, the report "makes important recommendations about the demilitarization of Brazil’s military police, the independence of legal expertise and medical institutes relied on for public security, the strengthening of public defenders and improvements in the prison system to guarantee prisoners’ rights. The report also recommends the further development of Brazilian legislation to codify crimes against humanity and enforced disappearance, important milestones in international law to protect human rights."
The 2,000-page report documents 191 killings and 210 disappearances committed by military authorities, as well as 33 cases of people who were “disappeared” and whose remains were discovered later.
This report will hopefully put an end to the protection granted by the 1979 Amnesty Law to members of the former military government. Elisabeth Silveria e Silva, who leads the Torture Never Again human rights group, stated after the release of the report that"the amnesty law must be rewritten or abrogated altogether" for the criminals to be held accountable.
Posted by Flavie Fuentes