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Posted by Vanessa Castañeda

The National Truth Commission (CNV) has identified more than 80 companies were involved in espionage and releasing the names of more than 300 workers to Brazil’s military dictatorship, including Volkswagen, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. The question of accountability remains unresolved.

Although Brazil’s dictatorship has ended, officials from the 43rd National Reunion on Social services agree that much repression continues amongst the military–in particular the police military–and affects the poor disproportionately.

On the 19th of September 2014, Minister of Defense Celso Amorim informed the National Truth Commission (CNV) that the three branches of the Armed Forces have stated they are no longer able to deny the gross human rights violations committed during the military dictatorship. Nevertheless, Brazil’s Amnesty commission contends that the military’s admission of responsibility is insufficient–as do several other human rights activists and groups.

The Amnesty Commission granted political amnesty to a group of Suruí Indigenous victims during the military dictatorship on the 19th of September. Fourteen of the sixteen Suruí received amnesty. The indigenous group claimed the military forced them to aid the military in the pursuit of guerrillas during the Araguaia massacre.

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