Brazil: Police killings, impunity and attacks on defenders: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

Amnesty International is concerned about the high number of human rights defenders that continue to be threatened or killed despite the establishment in 2004 of a National Programme for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and the continued attacks against members of Indigenous communities. Amnesty International is also concerned about the excessive use of force and other human rights violations committed by law enforcement officials and other state agents in the context of counternarcotic operations and against peaceful protesters, degrading conditions in prisons, and the climate of impunity surrounding extrajudicial executions.

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