The deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj) approved last Thursday (9), in a single discussion, a bill obliging the state government to compensate the families of the 11 young people who disappeared in 1990, in the Acari massacre. The text will go to Governor Cláudio Castro (PL), who has up to 15 working days to sanction or veto it.
In April of this year, the OAS Inter-American Court of Human Rights recommended that Brazil economically compensate the victims’ relatives, investigate the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared and, if necessary, adopt the necessary measures to identify and deliver the mortal remains to the relatives for complete investigations.
The project authored by deputy André Ceciliano (PT) provides that the reparation must take into account the age of the victims on the date of the disappearance, their life expectancy and the total amount destined for compensation.
The project also obliges the Executive to build a memorial in honor of the victims and to make the necessary efforts for the legal recognition of the deaths of the massacre. The OAS also recommends that the Brazilian authorities classify the case as a crime of forced disappearance.
“We received the notification from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, indicating to the Brazilian government that it can make, in this case, material and immaterial reparation, including the creation of a monument in honor of these 11 young people. late, and we will try to make the deserved monument to these young people”, said Ceciliano.
The Bill was presented at Alerj after a conversation between the Rio de Janeiro Legislature and the Public Defender’s Office and the State Attorney General’s Office. The author of the bill also stated that he expects the governor to sanction the measure.
The Acari Massacre took place on July 26, 1990, when 11 youths disappeared in Magé, in Baixada Fluminense. At the time, the victims were taken from a farm in Suruí, Magé neighborhood, where they spent the day, by police officers who worked in an extermination group.
After searching the property for jewelry and money, the group – made up of civil and military police officers – kidnapped the 11 young people present at the site. Three days later, the car used in the kidnapping was found burned and covered in blood. The fate of young people was never discovered by the family, the media and Brazilian justice agencies.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Eduardo Miranda