Posted by Robyn Smith
The Italian Lelio and Lisli Basso Foundation will send digital copies of its collection of Brazilian dictatorship documents to the Amnesty Memorial in Belo Horizonte, according to a report in the Estado de Sao Paulo. The documents were originally gathered to denounce the dictatorship in the 1970s when it was arguably at its peak period of human rights violations. The Foundation, formed in 1973, investigated human rights violations of victims in Latin America and Lelio Basso aided in the formation of the Russel Courts, which denounced war crimes in Vietnam and Latin America. The documents consist of 70,000 pages of material that include information from the Russell Court 2, the National Congress of the Brazilian Amnesty Commission, and the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal. These pages will be made open to the public in Brazil following an agreement reached between the foundation, the Ministry of Justice, and the Amnesty Commission. The negotiations to bring the documents to Brazil have been underway for 2 years, and in October the Brazilian Ambassador in Italy, José Viegas, signed the contract drawn up by the foundation.