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Under threat, Brazil’s 1988 Constitution celebrates 30 years

Under threat, Brazil's Constitution celebrates 30 years
The moment Congress approved Brazil’s 1988 Constitution

Between 1987 and 1988, Brazil’s Congress dedicated itself to the task of framing and enacting a new Constitution from scratch. It was a response to 21 years of a gruesome authoritarian regime that kidnapped, tortured, and killed hundreds of people between 1964 and 1985. The new Constitution was the result of many compromises between different sectors of society. It symbolized not only the formalization of social and political principles for our nation, but also the birth of a new, democratic regime.

The 1988 Constitution replaced the charter of rights used during the era of the generals....

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