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Posted by Vanessa Castañeda

Pedro Dallari, President of the National Truth Commission (CNV) has stated that it is pertinent for the Armed Forces to acknowledge the human rights violations during the military dictatorship for Brazil to recover the memory, truth, and reconciliation of that time period. “The Armed Forces does not deny that their headquarters carried out human rights violations but they also do not outright acknowledge them.”

On 22 October 2014, medical doctor Cesar Ronald Pereira Gomes, former student at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Ufes) gave his testimony at a public hearing carried out by the institution’s truth commission. Cesar was imprisoned in 1968 and was physically beaten before having sought exile in Uruguay and Argentina.

The Federal Regional Courts of Rio de Janeiro has granted the CNV access to the altered documents of former Colonel Cyro Guedes Etchegoyen. He was the head of a clandestine torture center in Petrópolis during the military dictatorship. The Commission’s access to these documents was suspended for 6 months due to an injunction put forth by the former colonel’s wife. Political blogger Roldão Arruda stated that, according to the Lei de Acesso à Informação (Law to the access of information), this type of information should have been protected for the commission’s investigations of the various violations of human rights during the dictatorship.

The São Paulo State Truth Commission and the SOS São Paulo Legislative Assembly on Racism (Alesp) gave a public hearing on the 23 October 2014 addressing the human rights violations among the indigenous during the military dictatorship. Violations include the administration of arsenic, village shootings, land appropriation and displacement.

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