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Brazil: Fear of persecution: Conceição Paganele (f), human rights defender

, Index number: AMR 19/022/2006

Police have begun investigations into a number of apparently politically motivated allegations against Conceição Paganele, who runs a mothers' organisation that monitors conditions inside Brazil's juvenile detention centres, and visits detainees. As one of the key critics of São Paulo's juvenile detention system, Conceição Paganele's work has been vital in exposing the grave human rights abuses that have long dogged the centres.

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