Category Archives: New Developments

Brazil’s National Truth Commission Releases its Final Report

By Nina Schneider Nina Schneider is a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Konstanz, Germany and author of Brazilian Propaganda: Legitimizing a Regime (Florida UP, 2014) and several articles on reckoning with dictatorship in Brazil. For a recent interview … Continue reading

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The Polemic Case of Rubens Paiva and Reinterpretation of the Amnesty Law

Posted by Hilary Marie Johnson There has been a lot of media attention as of late surrounding the reopening of the case of Rubens Paiva, congressman for the state of São Paulo disappeared during the military dictatorship. The case of Paiva’s … Continue reading

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Two Truth Commissions, Two Truths

Posted by Hilary Marie Johnson There has been much controversy surrounding the true cause of death of former president Juscelino Kubitschek (JK), especially after two separate Truth Commissions came to two entirely different conclusions. The Municipal Truth Commission of São … Continue reading

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Former security agent who testified to CNV is murdered

Posted by Rebecca J. Atencio Retired Army Colonel Paulo Malhães was found dead of asphyxia today, following an invasion of his home by three unknown men. Malhães testified before the National Truth Commission (Comissão Nacional da Verdade, CNV) last March … Continue reading

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Brazil Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Coup

Posted by Rebecca J. Atencio In Brazil, April 1st–or April Fool’s Day–is known as the Day of Lies (Dia da Mentira). Tomorrow, the day will have special resonance: it will mark 50 years since a group of leaders within the Brazilian … Continue reading

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Brazil Initiates Its First Human Rights Trial

Posted by Rebecca J. Atencio In a landmark for transitional justice in Brazil, prosecutors yesterday initiated the country’s first criminal trial of state security agents in a federal court in São Paulo. The case pertains to the disappearance of Edgar … Continue reading

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Juscelino Kubitschek Was Murdered, Reveals São Paulo Truth Commission

Posted by Rebecca Atencio The São Paulo truth commission released a statement today that it believes former Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the military regime. Kubitschek, known as JK, held the executive office from 1956-1961, during which he oversaw … Continue reading

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