The book: Brasil, Nunca Mais

By staff writers
August 13, 2013

The 37th edition of the book Brasil: Nunca Mais is an important record of a time marked by the imprisonment of more than 50,000 Brazilian during the military rule.

Marcelo Zelic, director of the organization called Amazém Memória, who worked closely with the regional attorney, emphasised the work of Charles Harper, who received the files in Geneva and catalogue them in the World Ciuncil of Churches (WCC) archives.

“Thanks to his careful work we now have the possibility to offer this information to serve as a more effective tool to over 170 criminal investigations that are already been undertaken.

The original Brasil: Nunca Mais Digital project had the direct support of the WCC and the Archdiocese of São Paulo. Both were represented in the event.

Now Brasil: Nunca Mais Digital has gone online, as reported on Ekklesia here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/18788

While addressing the public at the launch of the digital archive last week, Cardinal Dom Odilo Scherer, Archbishop of São Paulo, wondered what his predecessor Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns and the Rev Jaime Wright would have to say on this occasion. “I am sure they’d have a strong way to tell us: never more!”

The Rev Dr Walter Altmann, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, spoke about a few episodes that link the WCC and the ecumenical movement to the struggle for human rights in Brazil, Latin American and worldwide.

Thanking the donors of the WCC from the past and the present who make such actions operationally possible, Altmann exhorted international solidarity as a central aspect of the ecumenical movement.

“By building bridges for justice and peace across the world we say there is no oppressive regime that can suffocate hope and solidarity forever,” said Altmann.

* Website: Brasil: Nunca Mais Digital - http://bnmdigital.mpf.mp.br/#!/

* Healing memories: atrocity documents given by WCC to Brazilian government (WCC news release of 15 June 2011) - http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/healing-memories-atrocity-...

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