Torture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military Governments, 1964-1979, Secretly Prepared by the Archiodese of São Paulo / Edition 1

Torture in Brazil: A Shocking Report on the Pervasive Use of Torture by Brazilian Military Governments, 1964-1979, Secretly Prepared by the Archiodese of São Paulo / Edition 1

by Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, Catholic Church, Brazil Archdiocese of Sao Paulo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292704844

ISBN-13: 9780292704848

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: University of Texas Press

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292704848
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Ilas Special Publication Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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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