Country Report: Brazil
At the request of the Special Secretary for Human Rights of the government of Brazil, EAAF traveled to Foz do Iguaçu to search for the remains of six members of the militant group Vanguardia Popular Revolucionaria (Popular Revolutionary Front), who were reportedly killed by security forces in 1974.
At the request of a local Prosecutor and an organization of victims' families, EAAF members made two separate missions to different provinces of Brazil, to investigate cases of political militants disappeared in the late sixties and early seventies.
An investigation into the guerrilla group of Araguaia and an investigation into the identities and causes of death of the remains of five persons who disappeared during the last Brazilian military government.
Annual Report 1993
EAAF was invited to Brazil by the non-governmental group Tortura Nunca Mais (Torture Never Again) in Rio de Janeiro to supervise the work done by local anthropologists who were exhuming a mass grave at the Ricard Albuquerque cemetery outside of Rio, in which the remains of 14 disappeared persons were buried mixed with several hundred skeletal remains. EAAF also conducted preliminary interviews on other potential cases.
The team also collaborated in the analysis of files in the Department of Political and Social Order, in which hundreds of records on disappeared and executed persons in Brazil and other countries.
Also, EAAF gave lectures and seminars in several institutions.
While in Rio de Janeiro, EAAF received the Chico Mendez Medal for Resistance in recognition of its application of scientific methods in the cause of justice, truth and memory.
Annual Report 1991
The team conducted training and provided technical assistance to a local non-governmental organization in Rio de Janeiro, "Tortura-Nunca Mais" (Torture-Never Again), on the exhumation of 14 political prisoners who were kidnapped or killed between 1970 and 1974 and whose bodies were in a common grave.