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New Books on Transitional Justice in Brazil

Posted by Rebecca J. Atencio One of the pleasures of attending conferences is the acquisition of new ideas, new books, new films. Here are some that I picked up recently at the “50 Years after the Coup” Conference in Recife. … 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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Colonel Ustra Charged in New Case for Hiding a Torture Victim’s Body in 1972

On April 29th, the Federal Public Minister in São Paulo presented charges against retired Colonel Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra for hiding the body of a 27-year-old medical school student, Hiohaki Torigoe, who had allegedly been imprisoned and tortured in the … Continue reading

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In the News…

There is a possibility that the Italian government will investigate operation CONDOR. Operation CONDOR was an intelligence network of the Southern Cone countries that aimed to eradicate all political opposition in the region. Italian attorney Giancarlo Capaldo is currently investigating … Continue reading

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In Landmark Decision, Justice System Recognizes Death by Torture

Posted by Allison Fisher This week, a court in São Paulo officially recognized that the 1976 death of João Batista Franco Drummond was caused by torture and occurred in the DOI-CODI (a police-military intelligence center). Judge Guilherme Madeira Dezem ordered … Continue reading

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Interview with Anthony Pereira

Dr. Anthony Pereira is a professor of Political Science and director of Brazilian Studies at King’s College in London. He is the author of Political (In)justice: Authoritarianism and the Rule of Law in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina (2005). His research … Continue reading

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Brazilian Supreme Court Will Consider Continuous Crimes

Posted by Allison Fisher The Brazilian Supreme Court will decide next Wednesday whether continuous crimes are an exception to the Amnesty Law. The controversy arose when federal prosecutors tried to file criminal charges against Colonel Sebastião Curió Rodrigues de Moura, … Continue reading

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