Tuesday, July 10

Truth Commission to evaluate judges and prosecutors from Brazilian dictatorship

Rio de Janeiro Bar Association Announces Truth Commission and Memorial Development 
Posted on June 29, 2012 

"Following in the steps of the OAB of São Paulo, the OAB (Bar Association) of Rio de Janeiro announced on Thursday (the 28th) that they too would host their own Truth Commission. Wadih Damous, president of OAB-RJ, stated the commission would be working from within the state and national truth commissions to evaluate the judges and prosecutors from during the time of the dictatorship.

Damous also introduced the campaign to transform former torture centers into memorials. Locations sited for the campaign include the DOI-Codi (Department of Information Operations and Center for Internal Defense Operations) in Tijuca, the former DOPS ( Department of Social and Political Order) headquarters  in  Lapa, and the Casa da Morte (House of Death) in Petrópolis. Damous hopes that by memorializing these locations, younger generations will become interested in understanding the dictatorship and the price that was paid to bring about democracy. He believes that Brazil is ready to remember as is evident by the 45,000 signatures supporting the opening of the archives of the dictatorship for the Truth Commission."
by  Robyn Smith _______________________________________
When I started this post I didn't know from where to start. Most people have no idea about dictatorship in Brazil or in the other countries. Most people don't even know about Brazil. We speak Portuguese, the capital is Brazilian, not everybody love soccer and during carnival we get out of Rio de Janeiro because it is tourism time and we want quiet our mind.
Dictatorship started in 1964 and ended in 1985 but those who committed the crimes, torturing and killing political prisoners, were left alone. It is starting now the process of jurisprudence. We can't stand it anymore.
Little by little I'll make other posts about Brazilian dictatorship.
I found the "Transitional Justice in Brazil" from where I took the post above. They are doing a very good work:

Transitional Justice in Brazil
This blog is dedicated to exploring Brazil's transitional justice process - including the National Truth Commission, challenges to the Amnesty Law, and criminal trials of torturers - and memories of the Brazilian military dictatorship by covering the latest developments, highlighting articles in the Portuguese and English-language media, and publishing original content.


hastydecision said...

While reading this I realized how trivial are our problems in the USA compared to what the Brazilians must have endured. I pray that no-one in your family suffered at these horrible places you mentioned. I once heard that living under a dictator is like being a dog on a very short leash and always being in fear of being whipped without reason. I am very glad you survived it, Ana.

Ana said...

It's not like that.
Everything was normal and I could do whatever I wanted.
There is nothing that indicates that the country is under dictatorship and they leave alone those who are not on their lists.
I was sensitive and felt something in the air when I was a teenager.
People didn't say the word "communism" aloud.
What amazes me is that in US they are doing things like forbidding people to BBQ in front of their houses and children can't sell lemonades.
This is very strange,
I'm thinking about dedicating a post about it.