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Progress or perdition? Brazil's national truth commissions in comparative perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDemocratic Brazil Divided
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780822982906
ISBN (Print)9780822964919
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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On December 10, 2014, the Brazilian National Truth Commission(NTC) issued its report, the result of two and a half years of investigation. Its formal brief was to research the state's responsibility for grave human rights violations from September 18, 1946, to October 5, 1988, although its principal focus was the dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. The commission heard the testimony of 1,116 witnesses and produced a three-volume report consisting of 1,193 pages. The report, part of a process of transitional justice that began in the early 1990s, identifies 434 people who were killed by the dictatorship (including 210 disappeared).

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