This is a reproduction of a February
5, 1996 letter from
a Brazilian attorney to Vietnam Veterans of America.
Sao Paulo, February 5th 1996
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
P O Box 1000
Leavensworth, KS 66048
At.: Tom Gladson - President
Dear Mr. Gladson,
We cannot properly manifest our surprise and disgust to see the name of our Law Firm listed as connivent with the practice of torture in Brazil. This Firm, as much as all of it's members, is very concerned with the escalade of abusive practices, in our country or anywhere else in the world.
Our Firm is specialized in civil law, thus we do not practice in the criminal courts. Nevertheless, we have a long record of activities in the human rights defense together with the Brazilian Bar Association, worldwide known for it's fierce resistence against the dictatorship that ruled this country between 1964 and 1984.
Because of my pro-democratic activities as a student leader back in the 70's I had problems with the dictatorship regime and was forced to finish my studies abroad. Another partner of the firm, Mr. Durval Figueira da Silva, worked extensively with child protection and the enforcement of human rights in penal facilities between 1983 and 1986 and has had also problems with the repression therefore.
Our Law Firm as well as it's members pride themselves of their posion against all kinds of sexual, political, racial and religious discrimination as well as any kind of violence practices, wether psicological or physical.
Therefore and counting on the minimum of seriousness expected from a VETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION, I request that the proper measures shall be taken in order to medicate the harm donr by your unloyal insinuations.
EDUARDO CARVALHO TESS FILHO
CARVALHO TESS, FIGUEIRA E RUBIRA ADVOGADOS
For more information write (snail mail) JOHN GREGORY LAMBROS directly at:
JOHN GREGORY LAMBROS
Prisoner No. 00436-124
U. S. Penitentiary Leavenworth
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048-1000
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN MY BOYCOTT OF BRAZILIAN PRODUCTS.