Torture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military Governments, 1964-1979, Secretly Prepared by the Archiodese of São Paulo

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University of Texas Press, 1998 - 238 páginas
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From 1964 until 1985, Brazil was ruled by a military regime that sanctioned the systematic use of torture in dealing with its political opponents. The catalog of what went on during that grim period was originally published in Portuguese as Brasil: Nunca Mais (Brazil: Never Again) in 1985.

The volume was based on the official documentation kept by the very military that perpetrated the horrific acts. These extensive documents include military court proceedings of actual trials, secretly photocopied by lawyers associated with the Catholic Church and analyzed by a team of researchers. Their daring project—known as BNM for Brasil: Nunca Mais—compiled more than 2,700 pages of testimony by political prisoners documenting close to three hundred forms of torture.

The BNM project proves conclusively that torture was an essential part of the military justice system and that judicial authorities were clearly aware of the use of torture to extract confessions. Still, it took more than a decade after the publication of Brasil: Nunca Mais for the armed forces to admit publicly that such torture had ever taken place. Torture in Brazil, the English version of the book re-edited here, serves as a timely reminder of the role of Brazil's military in past repression.

 

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Introduction to the Brazilian Edition
3
Cruel Inhuman and Degrading Punishment
11
Torture Classes Guinea Pig Prisoners
13
Modes and Instruments of Torture
16
Torture of Children and Women
25
Medical Assistance to Torture
33
The Repressive System
39
The Origins of the Military Regime
41
Against Targeted Social Groups
102
Against Subversion
129
Distortion of the Law
139
The Nature of Judicial Proceedings
141
Six Sample Cases
161
This Is Where Hell Is
171
The Houses of Horror
173
The Consequences of Torture
180

The Consolidation of the Authoritarian State
49
The History and Legal Structure of the Repressive System
60
How Suspects Were Detained
68
Against Everything and Everybody
75
A Profile of Repression
77
Against Leftist Organizations
81
Deaths under Torture
192
The Disappeared
204
NOTES
218
Glossary of Acronyms
225
List of Disappeared Political Prisoners
235
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Sobre o autor (1998)

Joan Dassin, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, has long experience as a human rights advocate and scholar of Brazil.

Jaime Wright lives in Vitória, Brazil, where he serves as a spokesman for the BNM project.

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