Saturday, 2 January 2010

Brazil: Military Opposition to TC Plan

Brazil's possible future truth commission is already drawing opposition from military factions.

According to news reports, the Defense Minister Nelson Jobim and the three heads of the armed forces submitted their resignations in response to the plans, which they believe is "vengeful" since the intention is to investigate crimes by the military and police, and not by armed left-wing groups. This pits Jobim against Human Rights Minister Paulo Vannuchi.

The resignations have not been accepted but Lula apparently will now review the law before sending it to congress in the next few weeks. Of course, significantly changing the proposal in response to these threats would make him look weak.

Brazil's human rights plans angers military leaders (China View)
Brazil's Army, Navy and Air Force Chiefs Threaten to Resign over Truth Commission (Brazzil Mag)
Lula caught in row over military abuses enquiry (UPI)
Comissão da Verdade não é contra as Forças Armadas (Folha Online)
Contra "Comissão da Verdade", comandantes ameaçam sair (Folha Online)

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