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Posted by Vanessa Castañeda

The National Truth Commission (CNV) began their 31 month-long investigation with locating the dead and disappeared as one of its most pressing objectives. The CNV only found one body (Brasilia) and says the main reason they were unsuccessful was due to lack of collaboration from the Armed Forces.  However, the CNV is scheduled to turn in their final report this week and have approximately 300 names of state workers and representatives accused of human rights violations during the dictatorship.

On 10 December 2014, the International Day of Human Rights, President Dilma Rousseff will receive the Final Report in a private meeting with the members of the CNV. However, in an effort to bring more awareness to the completion of the Final Report and its implications for transitional justice and human rights, the Bar Association (OAB) will host a meeting with victims of repression from the dictatorship and representatives from state truth commissions.

On 11 December 2014, the Senate, various governmental institutions and civil society will participate in three events with National Congress to discuss the appropriate steps for the right to truth, memory and justice regarding the injustices and human rights violations from the military regime.  Additionally, the Final Report will spark a debate concerning the listed names of military and state personnel, and the Amnesty Law of 1979 will be at the very center of debate. President of the Bar Association (OAB), Marcus Vinicius Coêlho, says the CNV will be their basis for both revising the Amnesty Law and bringing military men to trial.


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