Chamber session grants amnesty to Clarice Herzog

Chamber session grants amnesty to Clarice Herzog
Chamber session grants amnesty to Clarice Herzog

By Júlia Lopes, Juliana Sousa and Maria Beatriz Giusti
Ceub News Agency/Jornal de Brasília

The Amnesty Commission together with the Chamber of Deputies held, this Wednesday (3/4), a special session that unanimously approved the amnesty of Clarice Herzog, who was politically persecuted during the military dictatorship.

Clarice, who could not be present for health reasons, was represented by her son Ivo Herzog.

“I am very proud to be her son. My mother was a woman whose life was destroyed, not only by a barbaric crime, but by the impunity of her attackers”, said Ivo Herzog.

Ivo describes his mother with affection and emotion in his testimony. “My mother is a hero. (…) My mother never wanted financial compensation. She didn’t want me to pay for my father’s death.”

The ceremony took place at 9am in the Nereu Ramos auditorium in annex II of the Chamber of Deputies during the 60th anniversary seminar of the 1964 Military Coup “Remember so that it never happens again”.

The author of the request was the federal deputy of the PT of Minas Gerais, Leonardo Monteiro. The thematic session was broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Participatory Legislation of the Chamber of Deputies.


Clarice Herzog was described by Eneá Almeida, president of the Amnesty Commission, as a woman with an emblematic story. Eneá, as a representative of the Brazilian State, apologized to Ivo after the vote and the declaration of the sentence.

“On behalf of the Brazilian State, I apologize for all the persecution she suffered, including the entire family, for all the suffering you went through in an absolutely cruel and barbaric way. No State has the right to abuse its power and attack its own citizens. (…) Your mother’s story gives us strength in the fight for democracy”, declared Eneá.

Clarice was married to journalist Vladimir Herzog, arrested, tortured and killed by the regime in 1975.

After her husband’s death, she became politically persecuted for seeking the truth about Vladimir’s arrest at DOI-CODI.

Clarice fought her entire life for recognition of the journalist’s murder and never believed the version of suicide defended by the State.

Only in 2013, the widow was able to prove and change the death documents. From that moment on, the death certificate included injuries and mistreatment suffered during the interrogation with the military.

The article is in Portuguese


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