BRAZIL: Torture, Brazilian Style

Torture is still widely used in Brazil, despite pledges made last spring by the country's new President, General Ernesto Geisel, to halt the barbaric practice. According to a report compiled by Brazilian Roman Catholics, former victims and attorneys, at least 79 persons have died under torture in the past nine years and thousands of others have been subjected to beatings, electric shocks and other torments. Torture, said the report, has become "institutionalized" in Brazil, conducted mainly by military security forces. A recent victim was former United Methodist Missionary and TIME Stringer...

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