Brazil’s National Truth Commission handed Wednesday to President Dilma Rousseff a 4,500 page report on the atrocious crimes committed against the Brazilian population during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship and called for an end to amnesty for perpetrators of human rights violations in the country.
The seven-member Truth Commission, created by Rousseff, spent almost three years gathering information, interviewing victims and alleged victimizers, and reviewing hospital and morgue records and archives.
The report states that, “Under the military dictatorship, repression and the elimination of political opposition became the policy of the state, conceived and implemented based on decisions by the president of the republic and military ministers.”
Testimonies of relatives, friends and the detailed stories of the 434 confirmed dead or disappeared during the dictatorship are gathered at the extensive report; as well as a detailed inform of the military’s torture procedures and arbitrary detentions.
It is also explained at the report that, “These numbers [434 killed or disappeared] certainly don’t correspond to the total of deaths and disappearances and the hiding bodies but only to cases it was possible to prove.”
The report was handed to President Rousseff on a ceremony at the Planalto palace. Rousseff herself was a victim of the dictatorship, she endured torture and imprisonment in the 1970s, as a member of the dictatorship’s opposition and guerrilla.
“Brazil deserves the truth. The new generations deserve truth. And most of all, those who deserve the truth are those who lost family members, friends, companions and continue to suffer as if they died again each and every day,” said the Brazilian President, fighting back tears.
The report also lists the names of 377 Heads of State, policemen, militaries and doctors, who were allegedly perpetrators of these crimes, of which 191 are still alive, and it calls for those responsible to face prosecution.
But prosecuting the victimizers is imposible because of an Amnesty Law dictated in 1979, during the militar dictatorship, and ratified 4 years ago by the Supreme Court, to protect the repressors from being tried.
Rousseff said, “We who believe in truth, hope that this report contributes to make it so that ghosts from a sad and painful past are no longer able to find shelter in silence."