In the News…

Posted by Vanessa Castañeda

During an interview (17 November 2014), President of the National Truth Commission (CNV) Pedro Dallari disclosed that the CNV’s final report has concluded that former President Juscelino Kubitschek (1902-1976) died from a car accident.  On 19 November 2014, the Municipal Truth Commission of São Paulo and the São Paulo Chamber of Councilors have accused Pedro Dallari as conceding to the military. City councilman Gilberto Natalini (PV-SP) believes there is evidence that Juscelino Kubitschek was a victim of political attack.  Additionally, during the interview Pedro Dallari stated that approximately 100 military agents whom participated in human rights violations during the dictatorship are still alive and will be criminalized and punished.

In other news, incarcerated prisoners today continue to face mistreatment and in some cases become disappeared. The CNV’s final report includes a chapter with institutional recommendations for Brazil’s current prison system, another crucial step for the country’s democratic foundation.

In the Northeastern state of Bahia, the state truth commission has begun to distribute a report of the eleven political prisoner sites and thirteen sites of resistance in Salvador, during the military dictatorship. The report, being distributed to universities, libraries, archives and schools, represents a larger project for “historical memory and the consolidation of a Brazilian democracy against political violence”.

 

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