Torture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military Governments, 1964-1979, Sec by Brazil Archdiocese of São PauloTorture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military Governments, 1964-1979, Sec by Brazil Archdiocese of São Paulo

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

byBrazil Archdiocese of São PauloTranslated byJaime WrightEditorJoan Dassin

Paperback | January 1, 1998

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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.

Jaime Wright lives in Vitória, Brazil, where he serves as a spokesman for the BNM project. Joan Dassin, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, has long experience as a human rights advocate and scholar of Brazil.
Title:Torture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military…Format:PaperbackDimensions:267 pages, 8.55 × 5.48 × 0.63 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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Table of Contents

  • Preface to the New Edition
  • Foreword by the Former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
  • Preface by the Metropolitan Archbishop of São Paulo
  • Introduction to the Brazilian Edition
  • Part 1: Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Punishment
  • 1: Torture Classes: Guinea Pig Prisoners
  • 2: Modes and Instruments of Torture
  • 3: Torture of Children and Women
  • 4: Medical Assistance to Torture
  • Part II: The Repressive System
  • 5: The Origins of the Military Regime
  • 6: The Consolidation of the Authoritarian State
  • 7: The History and Legal Structure of the Repressive System
  • 8: How Suspects Were Detained
  • Part III: Against Everything and Everybody
  • 9: A Profile of Repression
  • 10: Against Leftist Organizations
  • 11: Against Targeted Social Groups
  • 12: Against "Subversion"
  • Part IV: Distortion of the Law
  • 13: The Nature of Judicial Proceedings
  • 14: Six Sample Cases
  • Part V: "This Is Where Hell Is..."
  • 15: The Houses of Horror
  • 16: The Consequences of Torture
  • 17: Deaths under Torture
  • 18: The Disappeared
  • Notes
  • Appendices
  • I. Glossary of Acronyms
  • II. Statement on Torture by the World Council of Churches
  • III. 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." - Choice