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Brazil launches its own Truth Commission

In May, the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, launched a Truth Commission to investigate crimes committed between 1946 and 1988, especially during the years of dictatorship. These crimes include assassinations, torture, forced disappearances and illegal detentions. According to official data, 475 people were detained or disappeared, 50 000 were imprisoned and more than 20 000 were tortured during the military dictatorship, between 1964 and 1985.

Despite the establishment of a Truth Commission, those responsible for these crimes cannot be prosecuted, since they are protected by the Amnesty Law of 1979.