Brazil: Police brutality against AIDS awareness activist

Index Number: AMR 19/031/1997

This document details police brutality against an HIV/AIDS community activist in Brazil. Claudio Orlando dos Santos, a gay man, who was developing full-blown AIDS and who worked on HIV prevention with transvestite prostitutes, was beaten by the military police and subsequently hospitalised. He died in hospital. The police inquiry into his ill-treatment was closed and no-one was ever charged.

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