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Case of torture during dictatorship reaches Inter-American Court of Human Rights

"If I had returned to Brazil, I would have died," says Denise Crispim, who was tortured and exiled by Brazil's military dictatorship. She hopes for justice and reparations

A cell door at a former São Paulo prison used to house political prisoners during the Brazilian dictatorship. The facility has become a memorial. Photo: Alf Ribeiro/Shutterstock

A murdered partner, a child on the way, and two military coups. This was Denise Peres Crispim’s life in the early 1970s, during the most brutal period of political repression in South America. A political activist, Ms. Crispim was one of many who were persecuted by Brazil’s military dictatorship.

She is the survivor of an act of violence committed by the Brazilian state against her and her then-partner, Eduardo Collen Leite, also known as Bacuri. More than half a century later, her case has finally reached the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. 

Ms. Crispim, 72, hopes this will finally...

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