Brazil´s President Sets up Truth Commission
Brasilia, May 12 (RHC)—Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced the setting up of a seven-member truth commission that will investigate the crimes committed during the 1964-1988 dictatorship that ruled the country.
The commission will be officially set up next May 16 in a ceremony at the presidential palace, which will be attended by former presidents Jose Sarney, Fernando Collor de Melo, Fernando Enrique Cardoso and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The initiative aims at clarifying the facts related to violations of human rights during the dictatorship, but at applying any punishment on perpetrators of such actions, according to international media outlets.
Commission members will have two years to analyze documents kept in different parts of the country, as well as reports issued 16 years ago by the Special Commission on the Dead and Disappeared and other documents released by the Amnesty Commission during the last decade.
The commission is made up of former justice minister Jose Carlos Dias, former attorney general Claudio Fonteles, other magistrates and lawyers, a diplomat and a psychoanalyst.