Category Archives: Truth Commissions

On Volkswagen’s Ties to the Brazilian Dictatorship

I recently received an email about Volkswagen’s ties to the Brazilian military regime, documented in the final report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission  (Comissão Nacional da Verdade – CNV), available for full viewing/download here. Stories of Volkswagen’s ties to the military regime and its … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Latin American History, Military Dictatorships, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, São Paulo, Truth Commissions

Brazil’s Truth Commission – A Roundup

Yesterday, on International Human Rights Day, Brazil’s National Truth Commission (Comissão Nacional da Verdade) concluded and submitted its report after over two years of work across 14 work groups and thousands upon thousands of hours of interviews, fact-finding, document-collecting, and … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Human Rights Issues, Latin American History, Latin American Militaries, Latin American Politics, Memory Struggles, Military Dictatorships, Truth Commissions

The Brazilian Truth Commission after One Year

The truth commission investigating repression and state-sponsored violence during Brazil’s military dictatorship of 1964-1985 has recently completed a full year of work, and issued a report of some of its major findings after one year: Part 1. Hiding of Documentation from … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Police Violence, The "Disappeared", Torture, Truth Commissions

Genocide, Judicial Power, and Justice in Guatemala

Today, the genocide trial for former Guatemalan leader Efraín Ríos Montt begins (in spite of his failed attempts to have charges dismissed based on an earlier amnesty law). The trial marks the first time a former Latin American leader has … Continue reading

Posted in Amnesty, Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Militaries, Memory Struggles, Truth Commissions

Around Latin America

-While many in the Americas celebrated the announcement of the first American pope last year, not all citizens (including Catholic clergy) in Francis I’s home country are pleased with Bergoglio or the Catholic hierarchy in Argentina. -It appears the long national … Continue reading

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Argentina, Israel, and Misguided Hyperbole

Israel may have legitimate reasons to dislike the agreement between Iran and Argentina to establish a Truth Commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. However, this is ridiculous: Israel has strongly criticised Argentina for its … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, International Relations, Judaism in Latin America, Latin American Foreign Relations, Religion in Latin America, Truth Commissions

Argentina and Iran Agree to Investigate 1994 Terrorist Attack

Last November, Iran and Argentina initiated talks that included discussions on investigating the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ Associación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) that left 85 dead and over 300 wounded. Those talks were apparently serious, as yesterday, the two countries … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Buenos Aires, Human Rights Issues, Truth Commissions | 1 Comment

On Brazil’s Involvement in Operation Condor

Brazil’s Truth Commission continues to conduct hearings and accept testimony from a variety of witnesses as it investigates human rights violations during the military regime of 1964-1985. Much of this testimony has been helpful in further fleshing out details that … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on False Equivalency and Brazil’s Truth Commission

Greg Weeks has a post up suggesting that, by not investigating the crimes of the opposition, Brazil’s Truth Commission may actually be reinforcing the false equivalency of “both sides committed crimes” reasoning: Actually, including opposition abuses helps the opposition because there are … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Truth Commissions

Thoughts on Brazil’s Truth Commission and the Investigation of State Crimes Only

Brazil’s Truth Commission, which is finally looking into (but not prosecuting) human rights crimes and violations committed during the military dictatorship of 1964-1985, has announced that it will only investigate crimes and human rights violations that the state under military … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Memory Struggles, The "Disappeared", Torture, Truth Commissions