Forensic investigation, truth and trust in the context of transitional justice in Brazil

Guimarães, Marco, Francisco, Raffaela, Evison, Martin, Iwamura, Edna, Machado, Carlos, da Silva, Ricardo, Pinheiro, Maria, Santana, Diva and Patrício, Julie (2017) Forensic investigation, truth and trust in the context of transitional justice in Brazil. Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3 (1). pp. 37-51. ISSN 2054-2240

[img]
Preview
Text
s4.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.

Download (148kB) | Preview
[img] Text
109 Forensic investigation, truth and trust in the context of transitional justice in Brazil.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (1MB) | Request a copy
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.7227/HRV.3.1.4

Abstract

Truth commissions are widely recognised tools used in negotiation following political repression. Their work may be underpinned by formal scientific investigation of human remains. This paper presents an analysis of the role of forensic investigations in the transition to democracy following the Brazilian military governments of 1964-1985. It considers practices during the dictatorship and in the period following, making reference to analyses of truth commission work in jurisdictions other than Brazil, including those in which the investigation of clandestine burials has taken place. Attempts to conceal the fate of victims during the dictatorship and of democratic governments to investigate them are described. Despite various initiatives since the end of the military government, many victims remain unidentified. In Brazil, as elsewhere, forensic investigations are susceptible to political and social influences, leading to a situation in which relatives struggle to obtain meaningful restitution and have little trust in the transitional justice process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brazil; anthropology; dictatorship; exhumation; forensic; human rights
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Martin Evison
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 15:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30314

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics


Policies: NRL Policies | NRL University Deposit Policy | NRL Deposit Licence