Brazil’s Truth Commission Wants Armed Forces to Tell Truth About Torture

National Truth Commission (CNV) Brazil’s National Truth Commission (CNV) wants the Army, Air Force and Navy commands to explain their reasons for denying that military facilities were used for torture and murder during Brazil’s dictatorship (1964-1985).

The Commission accuses the military of being omissive in recognizing state liability for human rights violations committed in the period.

In a request for clarification to the Ministry of Defense, the CNV asked the Armed Forces to confirm or deny information that state agents tortured anti-dictatorship activists on military premises, often with higher officers knowing it.

In a statement, the commission said that the findings in the Armed Forces report received in June this year failed to taken into account the testimony and records obtained by the CNV as evidence that the military premises were misused.

According to the commission, there were no mentions of torture in the military reports, although even the Brazilian State has already admitted the violations.

Through its press office, the Defense Ministry said it has not received the request so it declined to comment. CNV coordinator Pedro Dallari again criticized “the unwillingness of military commanders to cooperate with the commission.”

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