Torture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military…

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byBrazil Archdiocese of São PauloTranslated byJaime WrightEditorJoan Dassin

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From 1964 until 1985, Brazil was ruled by a military regime that sanctioned the systematic use of torture in dealing with its political opponents. The catalog of what went on during that grim period was originally published in Portuguese as Brasil: Nunca Mais (Brazil: Never Again) in 1985.

The volume was based on the official documentation kept by the very military that perpetrated the horrific acts. These extensive documents include military court proceedings of actual trials, secretly photocopied by lawyers associated with the Catholic Church and analyzed by a team of researchers. Their daring project—known as BNM for Brasil: Nunca Mais—compiled more than 2,700 pages of testimony by political prisoners documenting close to three hundred forms of torture.

The BNM project proves conclusively that torture was an essential part of the military justice system and that judicial authorities were clearly aware of the use of torture to extract confessions. Still, it took more than a decade after the publication of Brasil: Nunca Mais for the armed forces to admit publicly that such torture had ever taken place. Torture in Brazil, the English version of the book re-edited here, serves as a timely reminder of the role of Brazil's military in past repression.

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From 1964 until 1985, Brazil was ruled by a military regime that sanctioned the systematic use of torture in dealing with its political opponents. The catalog of what went on during that grim period was originally published in Portuguese as Brasil: Nunca Mais (Brazil: Never Again) in 1985.The volume was based on the official documentat...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:267 pages, 8.55 × 5.48 × 0.63 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292704844

ISBN - 13:9780292704848

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New EditionForeword by the Former General Secretary of the World Council of ChurchesPreface by the Metropolitan Archbishop of São PauloIntroduction to the Brazilian EditionPart 1: Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Punishment1: Torture Classes: Guinea Pig Prisoners2: Modes and Instruments of Torture3: Torture of Children and Women4: Medical Assistance to TorturePart II: The Repressive System5: The Origins of the Military Regime6: The Consolidation of the Authoritarian State7: The History and Legal Structure of the Repressive System8: How Suspects Were DetainedPart III: Against Everything and Everybody9: A Profile of Repression10: Against Leftist Organizations11: Against Targeted Social Groups12: Against "Subversion"Part IV: Distortion of the Law13: The Nature of Judicial Proceedings14: Six Sample CasesPart V: "This Is Where Hell Is..."15: The Houses of Horror16: The Consequences of Torture17: Deaths under Torture18: The DisappearedNotes AppendicesI. Glossary of AcronymsII. Statement on Torture by the World Council of ChurchesIII. List of "Disappeared" Political Prisoners

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This is the most important book to come out of Brazil in this decade, perhaps in the last 30 years.