By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has announced the names of those who will form the so-called “Comissão da Verdade” (Truth Commission) – a panel of former justice ministers, human rights secretaries, attorneys and social scientists set up to investigate the atrocities of the post-war and military regime eras of Brazil’s history. President Rousseff sanctioned the Commission in September 2011, after it was approved by the Chamber of Deputies, photo by Wilson Dias/ABr. The Commission, to start on May 16th, will be attended by four former presidents: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Fernando Collor, and José Sarney – whose taking office in 1985 effectively ended Brazil’s 21-year military dictatorship. Originally the Truth Commission was heralded as a chance to investigate the abuses and human rights violations that were committed during the military regime’s time in power – but the period has been extended back to 1946 to include accusations from the post-Second World War era, as well. The panel will have access to government files from the period and can invite witnesses and victims to testify – although they are not obliged to attend. One of the Commission members, an attorney, represented President Rousseff legally during the authoritarian military regime, which began in 1964 after a coup d’état led by the Armed Forces against democratically-elected leader João Goulart. Once convened, the Commission will run for two years, after which it will produce a final report detailing the group’s findings. In 1979, Brazil passed a law granting amnesty for crimes committed by those either in government or in the Armed Forces between September 2, 1961 and August 15, 1979. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Update is a new feature we are offering to help keep you up-to-date with major news as it happens. 7 Responses to "Rousseff Names Truth Commission: Daily" Pingback: Companies to be Held Criminally Liable for Corruption: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News curmudgeon May 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM The panel has 6 lawyers and 1 psychoanalyst. Those chosen have respectable credentials, but it does seem a bit top-heavy with lawyers. One might have hoped for a historian or anthropologist or sociologist or some social scientist. Pingback: Brazil Government Discloses 700,000 Salaries in Transparency Portal | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Transparency in Brazil Reveals Super-Salaries | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Demonstrators Clash in Rio and São Paulo: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Opinion: A Tale of Two Countries, a Smidgen | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Rousseff Weeps With Final Report From Truth Commission | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.