Brazil president swears in truth commission to investigate dictatorship-era rights abuses Sarah Paulsworth at 9:17 AM ET
[JURIST] Brazil President Dilma Rousseff [official profile, in Portuguese] on Wednesday swore in seven members of a truth commission [press release, in Portuguese] who will investigate alleged human rights violations that occurred under the country's military dictatorship. On the same day, the commission held its first meeting [Estadao report, in Portuguese], which dealt primarily with bureaucratic matters. The commission is authorized to investigate abuses that occurred under Brazil's military dictatorship, which reigned the country from 1964 to 1985, but its findings will not lead to any trials [Al Jazeera report] due to a military-era amnesty. During the swearing-in ceremony, Rousseff, who was herself imprisoned for three years [BBC profile] during the military dictatorship, said "Brazil deserves the truth, new generations deserve the truth, andabove allthose who lost friends and relatives and who continue to suffer as if they were dying again each day deserve the truth." Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] applauded the creation of the commission [statement] but also urged "the Commissioners to ensure that this Truth Commission works in an impartial, thorough and transparent way to guarantee the full disclosure of past crimes."
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