The Search for Brazil’s Disappeared

This 1991 PHR report reveals that forensic pathologists at Sao Paulo’s Medicolegal Institute failed to report torture and murder by Brazil’s security forces. The report was researched and written by a PHR consultant Eric Stover in collaboration with forensic anthropologists and other experts including Clyde Snow, Luis Fondebrider, Alejandro Inchaurregui, and Fred Jordan, at the request of local human rights groups. The report also offered Brazil suggestions to improve its forensic capacities and to safeguard against the kinds of human rights abuses that took place under the military dictatorship.

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