In the News…

(We are currently tweaking the format of the blog, so some content has been moved around. As of today, “In the News” will appear every Friday as a round-up of miscellaneous news items collected over the course of the week that didn’t make it into individual posts).

Dilma has yet to appoint the members of the National Truth Commission. According to one of her aides, the president plans to appoint neither ex-political prisoners nor military officers to avoid the body becoming “a stage for settling old scores.”

A sign of military unease as the country forms its truth commission: a Brazilian general questions whether Dilma was actually tortured during the dictatorship. Writer and journalist Eric Nepumoceno reflects on the meaning of such denials.

Maria do Rosário recently gave an interview to another newspaper, O Globo, in which she affirms that memory of the dictatorship hasn’t been erased in Brazil.

A recent poll shows that 74% of Brazilians are unfamiliar with the 1979 Amnesty Law.

A Brazilian prosecutor is reopening cases of political disappearance.

Pádua Fernandes remembers the important role that Ruth Escobar–a major name in São Paulo theatre–played in the civil society campaign for a “broad, general, and unconditional” amnesty.

The Yale Review of International Studies recently published an article on Brazil’s 1979 Amnesty Law, the benefits of a Brazilian Truth Commission, and the legality of a possible change in the Amnesty Law. In his essay “Truth Commission in Brazil: Individualizing Amnesty, Revealing the Truth,” Paulo Coelho Filho argues that “President Dilma Rousseff should revoke the Amnesty Law of 1979 and grant individualized amnesty for all perpetrators who will come forward to the truth commission.”

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