Outcomes of the Brazilian Truth Comission: achievement, failures and challanges

Date and time: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:30 to 12:00
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Location: 
Wilf Hall, (139 MacDougal St.) 5th Fl. Conference Room
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The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice is pleased to welcome Hauser Global Fellow Marlon Weichert to discuss the outcomes of Brazil's National Truth Commission. Brazil instituted a the truth commission in 2012 to investigate gross human rights violations perpetrated in the country from 1946 until 1988, but mainly those that occurred after 1964, during the military dictatorship. The Commission issued its report on December 2014, which concluded that the military governments and their repressive apparatus committed crimes against humanity, such as illegal detentions, torture, extrajudicial executions, and enforced disappearances, and that grave human rights violations by security forces are still ongoing in Brazil.

Weichert will discuss his recent article analyzing the commission, which argues that the Brazilian Truth Commission did not exhaust the duty of the State to investigate gross human rights violations nor did it bring Brazil’s transitional justice process to a close, but it reinforced the demands for accountability and for institutional reforms in security forces. In the article, Weichert examines the main contents of the report, its central findings and recommendations. It details the difficulties that the Commission faced and how they impacted its mandate. In reaching his conclusion, Weichert sets forth the expectations and challenges that the Commission failed to fulfill and explains the reasons for such shortcomings.

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