First State Truth Commission Installed in São Paulo

The state of São Paulo officially installed its own Rubens Paiva State Truth Commission on March 1st; it is the first state to do so and, in the words of Thaís Barreto, represents an “incentive for other states to follow suit, thereby contributing to a nation-wide mobilization around the cause of memory, truth, and justice.” The commission is named after a Brazilian congressman, Rubens Paiva, who has been disappeared since 1971 (a case that has been receiving increasing attention of late, including a recent special report on Globo News). Barreto notes that accused torturers may be summoned by the commission for judgement, but that “the possibility of punishment has been taken off the table.”

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