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Posted by Vanessa Castañeda

The army has critiqued Minister of Defense Celso Amorim’s formal recognition of the state’s responsibility in committing human rights violations during the dictatorship. The document, signed by more than 20 military reserves—including four-star generals and three former ministers—asserts they never approved such a claim. Additionally, the document states that “the army will not ask for forgiveness. We will always believe with conviction that we saved Brazil.”

Attorney Rosa Cardoso from the National Truth Commission (CNV) has promised to advocate for the inclusion of the case of nine tortured Chinese victims in the final report (scheduled for December of 2014). The victims had been invited to Brazil by then President Jânio Quadros in 1964 with the intention of establishing commercial ties and bilateral agreements between Brazil and China, but all were then held hostage and tortured while in Rio de Janeiro. Five of the nine are still alive.

On 25 September 2014, São Paulo created the Municipal Commission for Memory and Truth (Comissão da Memória e Verdade da Prefeitura de São Paulo). This commission is part of the Municipal Secretary of Human Rights and Citizenship (SMDHC) and will investigate the role of municipal public agents and administration during 1964–1988 regarding the disappeared.

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