Dictatorship, amnesty and reconciliation

After exposing a reflection of the relationship between Memory and History, the article discusses some questions about the Law of Amnesty (adopted in Brazil in August 1979), and the silence that it brought: on torture and on the torturers, on the support of society and on the dictatorship of the revolutionary projects of political left. The text argues in favor of the need to revise the law because a debate about the Brazilian society could be helpful to understand the period of the dictatorship, the torture as public policy, to judge the torturers and, finally, to open up the files of Armed Forces' secret services, which would require, however, a process of change in the political culture of these institutions.

amnesty; silence; torture and torturers; files; Armed Forces


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