Brazil Opens Archives from Dictatorship Era

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed a decree which will make federal government documents produced during the country’s military dictatorship (1964-1985) public beginning December 31.

At the moment the documents are considered secret and are under the guardianship of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin).

The presidential decree sets up three work groups to examine and declassify the documents. It is understood that some documents, classified "ultra-secret," will remain out of the public domain.

It is believed that the opening of the secret archives of the Brazilian military dictatorship will make it possible to discover what happened to a number of Brazilians who disappeared during that period.

According to Augustino Veit, president of a commission at the Secretariat of Human Rights (Comissão Especial sobre Mortos e Desaparecidos Polí­ticos) which deals with the issue, there are still 64 people missing who participated in an armed opposition group known as the Araguaia guerilla movement in the 1970s, besides some 10 political activists.

"The families of these people, and human rights activists, want to know what happened. If they died, how did they die and where are their bodies?" explains Veit, adding that the opening of the archives will also be important for the history of the country. People will have a better idea of exactly what happened during that period, he said.

As for indemnity payments, according to Veit, they have already been decided on and paid. The opening of the documents is not expected to have any effect on that, declared Veit.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Split, the Brazilian Left Is in Search of Answers

Brazil’s left wing political spectrum is split in three distinct groups. Today, the PSOL ...

Brazilians on the Streets Against Corruption and Poverty

Peaceful protests against corruption and the “liberal” economic policies of President Luiz Inácio Lula ...

Brazil Promotes Its Other, Less Famous Rain Forest in the US and Canada

The Embratur (Brazilian Tourism Institute) is going to bring to Brazil, starting on Monday, ...

Brazil Puts Nukes on Fast Track and Vows to Build 60 Nuclear Plants

Brazil's minister of Mines and Energy, Edison Lobão, stated this Friday, September 12, in ...

Building Bridges Between Brazil and the Arab World

I am in the process of starting a bi-weekly column in various newspapers and ...

One Hour of War: That’s All Brazil Has Ammunition for

The National Defense Strategy (END) plan signed by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da ...

Brazil’s Embraer Revises 2004-2005 Flight Plan

Brazil’s Embraer today announced its third-quarter 2004 deliveries for the Airline, Corporate and Defense ...

Mercosur’s Members Urge in Brazil Urgent Creation of South American Parliament

Brazil presented the Mercosur Joint Parliamentary Commission, which is meeting in BrasÀ­lia, with a ...