Posted by Vanessa Castañeda
In 1990, Perus, the mass clandestine gravesite was identified as containing 1,049 skeletons. 25 years later, there is still little that has been done to safely uncover and identify the remains of potential political prisoners and victims of the dictatorship. Although the minister of Human Rights Ideli Salvatti has stated this project as a priority for 2015.
Dwellers in the Elisa Maria neighborhood, on the northern outskirts of São Paulo, have named their streets themselves; many take after the names of political prisoners and the disappeared during Brazil’s military regime. In an effort to keep the memory of those fighters alive, dwellers of Elisa Maria compare their lived realities as if the dictatorship were still in effect. They attribute much of the violence and more specifically the police brutality, to the fact that Brazil’s institutionalized violent past has not been adequately denounced nor have perpetrators been held accountable.
The National Truth Commission (CNV), that examined the dictatorial period of brazil, has inspired the Bar Association (OAB) to create the National Truth Commission for Slavery. The commission’s main objectives will focus on researching Brazilian slavery extensively and the ways contemporary racial inequalities are rooted from this past, with hopes to directly address existing racism.