chapter  2
The Brazilian dictatorship and state violence
WithRenata Meirelles
Pages 37

This chapter provides a background on the Brazilian dictatorship, outlines its social and political context, and identifies the opposition forces to the dictatorship. Through the state crime approach, it analyses the dictatorship’s repression apparatus and the institutionalised use of torture within the state. In addition, it discusses Amnesty’s decision to increase its focus on Brazil.