Human rights office welcomes Brazil decision to charge former colonel

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Rupert Colville, spokesman for Human Rights office

Rupert Colville, spokesman for Human Rights office

The UN Human Rights Office has welcomed Brazil's decision to open criminal charges against a former army official over civilian disappearances during the country's years of military rule.

Retired colonel Sebastião Curió Rodrigues de Moura will be charged with aggravated kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of five members of a guerrilla movement who were detained in 1974.

The military dictatorship in Brazil lasted from 1964 to 1985.

Human rights spokesperson Rupert Colville says a judge will have to approve the charges for the case to go to trial.

"This is the first time that Brazil is prosecuting human rights violations committed during that period. Previous attempts have been blocked by interpretations of the 1979 amnesty law. We welcome the prosecution of the retired colonel Sebastião Curió Rodrigues de Moura as a first and crucial step in fighting the impunity that surrounds the period of military rule in Brazil."

Colville says a 2010 ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights determined that Brazil's amnesty law was invalid and that criminal investigations and prosecutions must take place.

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