a macabre figure

Image: Valeria Podes


Public note in repudiation of Mourão's demonstration exalting Ustra

In a public note, the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns – Arns Commission expresses its most vehement repudiation of the statement by the Vice President of the Republic, Hamilton Mourão, in an interview with the German network Deutsche Welle, that Colonel Carlos Alberto Bright Ustra was “a man of honor, who respected the human rights of his subordinates”. The words of the vice president, who is a retired Army general, not only dishonor the Armed Forces, but also attack the dignity of those who suffered at the hands of this torturer already condemned by the Justice.

It is not new that authorities of the current government exalt the macabre figure of the former head of DOI-Codi of the 2nd Army, in São Paulo, from whose basements emerged unforgettable reports of terror and sadism against Brazilian citizens. To get an idea of ​​the barbarism authorized as a State policy, between 1970 and 1974, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of São Paulo, led by Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns, patron of the Arns Commission, gathered more than 500 denunciations of torture at the DOI -Codi commanded by Ustra.

More than 30 years passed before, finally in 2008, Ustra was recognized as the perpetrator of kidnapping and torture, in a declaratory action filed by the Telles family, whose members were able to survive to witness the cruelties perpetrated by that soldier and his “subordinates”, in the basements of the dictatorship.

Today and always, tributes to this violator of the Constitutional Charter of 1967/9, the Military Penal Code of 1969 and the Geneva Conventions of 1949 will be unacceptable, as documented in the Report of the National Truth Commission (CNV).

By uttering such praise, Hamilton Mourão defiles, from the outset, the honor of the Brazilian military. By doing so as Vice-President, he embarrasses the Nation and disrespects the memory of those who fell under Ustra. And, by insisting on honoring the executioner, he violates once more the decorum of the office in which he was invested under oath to respect the Constitution. It is she who teaches us: “Torture is a non-bailable crime, not subject to grace or amnesty”.

São Paulo, October 2020

Genevois daisy, honorary chairman of the Arns Commission

Jose Carlos Dias, president of the Arns Commission, former coordinator of the National Truth Commission

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, former president and member of the Arns Commission, former coordinator of the National Truth Commission

Ailton krenak, indigenous leader and environmentalist

André Singer, political scientist and journalist

Antonio Claudio Mariz de Oliveira, lawyer, former president of OAB-SP

Belisario dos Santos Jr.., lawyer, member of the International Commission of Jurists

Claudia Costin, University professor, former Minister of Administration

Dalmo by Abreu Dalari, lawyer, professor emeritus and former director of the Faculty of Law at USP

Fabio Konder Comparato, lawyer, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Coimbra, emeritus professor at the Faculty of Law of USP

Jose Gregori, lawyer, former Minister of Justice

jose vincent, dean of Faculdade Zumbi dos Palmares

Laura Greenhalghjournalist

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira, economist, former Minister of Finance, Administration and State Reform

Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, historian, professor at the School of Economics at FGV-SP and professor emeritus at the Sorbonne Université

Manuela Ligeti Carneiro da Cunha, professor at USP and the University of Chicago, former president of Ass. Bras. of Anthropology

Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida, political scientist, full professor at the University of São Paulo

Maria Victoria Benevides, sociologist and political scientist, full professor at the Faculty of Education at USP

Oscar Vilhena Vieira, jurist, professor at the Faculty of Law of FGV-SP

Paulo Vannuchi, journalist, political scientist, former Minister of Human Rights

Sueli Carneiro, philosopher, feminist, anti-racist activist and director of Geledés

Vladimir Safari, philosopher, professor at the Department of Philosophy at USP



See this link for all articles


  • Reasons for the end of the strike at Federal Universitiesbenches 16/05/2024 By TADEU ALENCAR ARRAIS: The Federal Government's new proposal announced on May 15 deserves debate on whether or not to continue the strike
  • How to lie with statisticschair 51 18/05/2024 By AQUILES MELO: The numbers presented by the federal government to education employees on strike confuse more than they explain, thus demonstrating a lack of interest in resolving the problem
  • “Multipolarity” and the chronic decline of the WestJose Luis Fiori 17/05/2024 By JOSÉ LUÍS FIORI: The defense of multipolarity will increasingly be the banner of countries and peoples that are currently rising up against the global military imperium exercised by the West
  • The strike at universities and federal institutes does not…path time 17/05/2024 By GRAÇA DRUCK & LUIZ FILGUEIRAS: The left-wing and democratic forces need to get out of passivity, as if waiting for Lula and his government, as well as the STF, to resolve the political impasses
  • The Caramel horsecaramel horse 15/05/2024 By LEONARDO BOFF: We must admit that we have not respected the rights of nature and its intrinsic value, nor have we controlled our voracity to devastate it
  • The operational universityMarilena Chauí 2 13/05/2024 By MARILENA CHAUI: The operational university, in university terms, is the highest expression of neoliberalism
  • Environmental denialism and the flooding of Porto AlegrePorto Alegre airport flooded 14/05/2024 By CARLOS ATÍLIO TODESCHINI: Porto Alegre has the best flood protection system in Brazil. It is considered a “Dutch mini-system”. Why did this system fail in its function of preventing the city from being flooded?
  • Oza's handJoao_Carlos_Salles 14/05/2024 By JOÃO CARLOS SALLES: The duty of the Brazilian State and the contracted university
  • Fake freedom and the Marquis de SadeEugenio Bucci 18/05/2024 By EUGÊNIO BUCCI: Fake freedom, sadistic freedom, which in essence is the denial of all freedom, is leading Brazil to total shipwreck
  • SUS, 36 years old – consolidation and uncertaintiesPaulo Capel Narvai 15/05/2024 By PAULO CAPEL NARVAI: SUS was not the “stillbirth” that many predicted. Almost four decades later, the SUS is institutionally consolidated and has developed a notable process of republican governance