In the News…

Posted by David McCoy

The Public Archive of the State of São Paulo recently announced that it will make public an impressive number of documents that were created by state institutions of repression during the military regime, as well as before 1964. The archive will make approximately 1 million unedited documents available to the public via the internet. Many of the documents come from the State Department of Political and Social Order [Departamento Estadual de Ordem Política e Social] (Deops/SP), in addition to the Department of Social Communication (DCS) and Deops de Santos, SP. The archive represents an important new opportunity for researchers and a great stride in state transparency. For information on the archives, click here. For information on accessibility, click here. For more information, click here.

In a related story, controversy ensued after the publicity event announcing the opening of the Deops/SP archives when the governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, was accompanied to the event by Ricardo Salles, who founded the movement “Endireita Brasil.”  Endireita Brasil is a right-wing organization that is openly against the work of the National Truth Commission and promotes the idea that the 1964 Coup was justified and necessary to prevent a communist dictatorship in Brazil. For more information click here or here.

Ivo Herzog, the son of the famous journalist Vladimir Herzog, who was assassinated by the military regime in 1975, has begun a campaign to have José Maria Marin removed from his position as the head of the Brazilian Confederation of Football [Confederação Brasileira de Futebol] (CBF). Marin has been accused of having ties to the military regime. Herzog has already handed in a public petition  with 55,000 signatures calling for Marin’s removal, and Herzog has also gained the support of the National Truth Commission and various public officials. Herzog has announced that he will look to the football clubs in Brazil to gain more support for Marin’s removal from the CBF. For more information, click here.

The Brazilian House of Representatives recently approved a law that, if passed by the Brazilian Senate, will create two national institutions geared toward preventing future human rights violations. These institutions will be called the “Sistema Nacional de Prevenção e Combate à Tortura” and the “Mecanismo de Combate à Tortura.” The institutions will be a step toward fulfilling promises made to international human rights organizations such as those of the United Nations, and states will be encouraged to form parallel institutions. For more information, click here.

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