• By The Financial District


Despite the information then US Vice-President Joe Biden submitted to Brazil in 2014, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to deny that state terrorism ruined the  South American country for decades.

Biden handed over to the Brazilian government evidence of human rights violations during the military dictatorship (1964-1985), a regime that the far-right-wing Bolsonaro refuses to believe had existed, teleSUR reported.

From 1964 to 1985, more than 20,000 Brazilians were tortured and at least 434 people were killed or remain missing.

Six years ago, Biden landed in Brasilia with 43 documents processed by US authorities between 1967 and 1977. These documents contained information on human rights violations provided by both the dictatorship's victims and the security services officials themselves. At that time, that information was secret because the US government had supported the Brazilian dictatorship for decades.

The information handled by Biden came from Brazil's National Truth Commission, which was set up to investigate what had really happened since the Armed Forces refused to accept their crimes. Bolsonaro has been as reluctant to accept the dictatorship. A former military officer, he asserted in July 2016 that “the dictatorship's mistake was to torture and not kill.” In 2019, he said: "Who believes in the National Truth Commission? No one does. Our country had no military regime.”