Saturday, May 1, 2010
The Brazil Supreme Court voted 7-2 to reject a motion to modify a 1979 law that provides amnesty to those who committed torture under Brazil's military dictatorship. The New York Times reports today that the Brazil Bar Association had proposed that those who commited torture should not be protected under the amnest y law. The majority of justices voting to reject that suggestion said that the law should stand as it is. Brazil (unlike Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay) has nover prosecuted members of its armed forces for human rights abuses committed during the country's military rule. Brazil: No Change to Amnesty Law, N.Y. Times, May 1, 2010, at A5.