The Long and Winding Road: Brazil's unique path to a Truth Commission and the hopes for justice in the future



Nadejda Marques, Program on Human Rights

Date and Time

October 16, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Open to the public.

No RSVP required


Bolivar House

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On May 16, 2012, President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the Truth Commission (Comissão da Verdade) and announced the Access to Information Law (Lei de Acesso à Informação).  Inspired by other Truth Commissions in other countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador, the Brazilian Truth Commission has its own distinctive characteristics that respond to specific national political culture and costumes. Understanding these characteristics is fundamental to recognize how these laws may represent and advance the process of accountability for human rights violations in Brazil and the challenges that still persist due to opposing positions between the Legislative and Executive powers that have recognized these violations and a conservative Judiciary supported by the military.