RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil restored democracy in 1985 without settling accounts with history and the memory of the victims of a military regime that spanned 21 years. Unlike countries like Argentina or Chile, which took their executioners to the dock before turning the page, the country was content with the Amnesty Law, signed in 1979 by General João Batista Figueiredo.
The law 'pardoned' leftist militants as well as military men accused of crimes. In 2002, during the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB), another small victory for those who suffered military abuses was creating the political amnesty system . . .