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UN SG reminds global leaders to support those who promote human rights
In recognition of the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims , UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile, JURIST news archive] urged global leaders Monday to take (More)
Brazil president swears in truth commission to investigate dictatorship-era rights abuses
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday swore in seven members of a truth commission who will investigate alleged human rights violations that occurred under the country's military dictatorship. On the same day, the commission held its first (More)
Brazil to bring first charges for crimes committed under dictatorship
Brazilian prosecutors on Tuesday announced plans to charge a retired colonel for his actions during a military dictatorship that ended more than 25 years ago. The colonel, Sebastiao Curio Rodrigues de Moura ("Curio") was considered to be a ruthles (More)
Brazil president creates truth commission to probe human rights abuses
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed a law establishing a truth commission to investigate human rights abuses perpetrated by the military from 1946 to 1988. The bill does not, however, overturn the 1979 Amnesty Law which shields mi (More)
Brazil lawmakers approve truth commission
Brazil's Chamber of Deputies approved a bill on Wednesday that establishes a truth commission to investigate human rights abuses from 1946 to 1988. The bill must now be signed into law by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff , a former guerrilla fi (More)
Brazil urged to revoke amnesty law
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged the Brazilian government to revoke the 1979 Amnesty Law , which shields military officials from prosecution for crimes committed during the country's 1964-1985 military dictatorship. In December, the Int (More)
Rights court rules Brazil amnesty law invalid
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled [judgment, PDF, in Portuguese; press release, PDF, in Spanish] that a 1979 Brazilian amnesty law is invalid and that Brazil is responsible for the disappearance of 61 people during its 1964-1985 m (More)
Rights group urges El Salvador to repeal amnesty law
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged government officials in El Salvador to repeal a 1993 amnesty law that prevents any investigation into killings committed during the country's 12-year civil war , including the killing of respected C (More)
El Salvador government agrees to open investigation into archbishop death
El Salvador government officials agreed on Friday to a state investigation into the death of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero , shot and killed in 1980. The announcement of the investigation [El Pais report, in Spanish] comes nearly a decade after t (More)
El Salvador defends amnesty laws
El Salvador defended its 1993 amnesty law in a hearing Wednesday before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) dealing with the country's failure to investigate the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero . Representatives of the (More)