Center For Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Communication 1835 (Brazil)
1835, of April 13, 1974, supplemented on July 1, 1974, denounces the arrest of 53 individuals by the Government police, among them students, professionals, economists, Catholic labor leaders and social workers and, especially, the case of Wellington Rocha Cantal, a Brazilian lawyer and officer in the army, arrested in Sao Paulo on April 3 and tortured during the 27 days he was held under arrest. .
The Commission, in a note dated June 24, 1974, requested that the Government of Brazil provide the appropriate information in accordance with Articles 42 and 44 of the Regulations, also transmitting to it the pertinent parts of the communication. In a letter of June 26, 1974, the Secretariat informed the claimant of the measures taken in connection with the case.
At the thirty-fifth session (May 1975) the Commission continued its examination of case 1835, noting that the Government of Brazil had not replied to the request for information it filed on June 24. It decided the following:
Pursuant to points B and C of this decision, the Commission sent a note to the Federal Bar Association on September 22, 1975, and to the claimant on August 12, 1975.In a note of October 8, 1975 (No. 802-GP) the Brazilian Bar Association replied to the Commission stating, in summary, the following:
The Commission continued examination of this case at its thirty-sixth session (October 1975), during which it noted the information provided by The Federal Bar Association of Brazil. However, since the claimant had not yet provided the additional information necessary to proceed with the examination, it decided to postpone its consideration of the case until the next session."
In a letter dated November 10, 1975, sent to the Chairman of the Federal Bar Association of Brazil, the Commission acknowledged receipt of the above information and requested a copy of the report submitted by the committee appointed by the Bar Association to examine the case of lawyer Wellington Rocha Cantal. According to the text of the note of October 9, the report was to have been enclosed
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