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 has been told to only look at the torture, murder and forced disappearances carried out by government agents of people opposed to the dictatorship.
It said it did not have the authority to investigate the acts of individuals that were not public agents.I'd say that it's better to have investigated human rights violations committed by both sides as long as the investigation into the rebels' violations didn't distract from the violence of the state. It's a whole different ballgame when the state is engaged in the repression of its people than when a non-state actor does so.
It's also much more important today for Brazilians to have a better understanding of what their government did to protect during military rule, often with the full support of the US, than it is the non-state actors.