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Brazil truth commission: Abuse 'rife' under military rule

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Brazil's national truth commission says illegal arrests, torture, executions and forced disappearances were performed systematically by state agents under Brazil's military rule.


In its final report, the commission also called for the armed forces to recognise their responsibility for the "grave violations" that happened.


More than 400 people were killed or disappeared between 1964 and 1985.


Many others, among them President Dilma Rousseff, were arrested and tortured.

Controversial amnesty law


The seven-member truth commission spent more than two years investigating human rights abuses from the period from 1946 to 1988, with the main focus on the military era from 1964 to 1985.


It delivered its final report to President Rousseff on Wednesday.


The truth commission delivered its report to President Rousseff after more than two years of investigations


In it, it identifies 377 people as responsible for human rights abuses.


It says the ones who are still alive, approximately 100, should be brought to trial.


The commission argues that Brazil's 1979 amnesty law does not apply to these individuals because of the grave nature of the crimes they committed.


The 1979 law states that neither military officials accused of torture nor left-wing guerrillas accused of violence can face prosecution.


'Official policy'


The document lists 434 people killed under military rule. The bodies of 210 of those victims have never been located.



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