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Torture in Brazil
Author: Archdiocese of Sao Paulo

ISBN: 9780292704848
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 1 January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 1.75
Description:
"This is the most important book to come out of Brazil in this decade, perhaps in the last 30 years." -- Choice

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 for...

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