Brazilian member centre targeted23-07-2012
The IRCT expresses its concern about reports of harassment against IRCT member centre Grupo Tortura Nunca Mais (GTNM), based in Rio de Janeiro.
According to a recent news release issued by the centre, on 11 July, around 2 p.m., the centre received an anonymous phone call from a man threatening to shut down the centre. Last Thursday, about a week later, the centre was broken into: 1.567 reais (approximately 640 euros) and several documents had been stolen. The archives had been searched and one of the computers had been turned on.
GTNM reports having been subject to similar threats before in the past, and have had their website hacked. However, the news release circulated by the centre states the Group will “continue to demand and fight for a public, impartial and effective national truth and justice commission, for the opening of the dictatorship archives and for the fulfilment of the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the Araguaia case.”
This incident came just over a month after Brazilian president and torture survivor Dilma Rousseff and 119 other people received a formal apology and compensation from the Brazilian state for human rights abuses – including illegal detention and torture - endured during the period of the country’s dictatorship.
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