Brazil: Critics slam court's underage sex verdict

BRASILIA Brazil (AP) - Human rights advocates in Brazil have slammed a recent appeals court ruling that found that having sex with a minor does not necessarily constitute statutory rape. The Superior Court of Justice ruled earlier this week that a man accused of having had sex with three 12-year...

Brazil lawmakers investigate human rights abuses

BRASILIA Brazil (AP) - Brazilian legislators have started investigating human rights abuses committed during the South American country's past military regime. Congresswoman Luiza Erundina tells reporters the move is meant to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Brazil president to receive apologies for torture

SAO PAULO (AP) - The Rio de Janeiro state government said Friday it will apologize to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for the human rights abuses she suffered during the country's 1961-1985 dictatorship. Rousseff is a former leftist guerrilla who spent three years in Full version (available...

Brazil truth commission to probe only junta crimes

SAO PAOLO (AP) - Brazil's Truth Commission will investigate only human rights abuses committed by the country's former dictatorship, not any crimes committed by opponents of the 1964-1985 regime. The commission said Tuesday on its website that it Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...