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Brazil: Gruesome history of police rape and killings exposed by Inter-American Court conviction

A damning ruling issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights exposes a gruesome history of rapes and killings by police in Rio de Janeiro; particularly of young, black and poor individuals, Amnesty International said today. The two organizations that filed the case at the court, The Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil) and The Institute for Religion Studies will hold a press conference this afternoon in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Date:
15 May 2017
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Brazil: Spike in killings by Rio police as country faces UN review

Authorities in Brazil are increasingly turning a blind eye to a deepening human rights crisis of their own making, Amnesty International said in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of a review of the country on 5 May. Since Brazil last faced scrutiny at the UN’s Universal Periodic Review in 2012, a spike in violence has seen killings by the police in Rio de Janeiro nearly doubled to 182 in the first two months of 2017, as well as soaring rates of killings and other human rights violations elsewhere in the country.

Date:
4 May 2017
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Brazil: More than 120 killings in 16 days signals national prison crisis

Brazil’s chaotic prison system is facing crisis with more than 120 inmate deaths reported since 1 January 2017, Amnesty International said today after the confirmation of a further 26 killings inside Alcaçuz prision, Rio Grande do Norte state. More than 120 government prison inmates have been killed in the past 16 days during riots in the northern and northeastern states of Amazonas, Roraima and now, Rio Grande do Norte.

Date:
16 January 2017
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  • Exploitation of Natural Resources

Americas: New platform highlights rising wave of attacks against environmental activists

On international day of human rights defenders, Amnesty International is launching an innovative online tool to highlight the rising wave of attacks against environmental activists across the Americas. Speak out for Defenders! features dozens of stories of activists from every corner of the Americas who have been harassed, threatened, attacked, unfairly jailed and even killed as punishment for their work to protect the environment.

Date:
10 December 2016
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Brazil: Court archives case of killing of young boy during military police operation

An appalling decision by a Court in Brazil to archive the case of the killing of a 10-year-old boy during a military police operation in a favela in Rio de Janeiro risks letting security forces go unpunished, Amnesty International said. Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira, was shot in the head by military police officers during a police operation in Alemão complex, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, on 2 April 2015.

Date:
29 November 2016
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Brazil declares trial on Carandiru massacre null in shocking blow for justice

A Brazilian court’s decision to declare the trial and sentences against 74 police officers for a prison massacre in 1992 null is a shocking blow for justice and human rights, said Amnesty International. The 1992 military operation in São Paulo’s Carandiru prison left more than 100 prisoners dead. The authorities claimed the police were trying to break up a fight between prisoners who had seized control of the jail’s Block 9.

Date:
28 September 2016
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Brazil: Rio’s Olympic legacy shattered with no let-up in killings by police

The legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympics has been shattered with at least eight people killed in police operations in the city during the Games and peaceful protests heavily repressed, Amnesty International said. “Brazil has lost the most important medal at play during Rio 2016: the chance to become a champion on human rights,” said Atila Roque, Executive Director at Amnesty International Brazil. “The Brazilian authorities missed a golden opportunity to follow on their promises to implement public security policies to make Rio a safe city for all.

Date:
22 August 2016
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Brazil: Daily shootouts and alarming rise in police killings puts Olympic legacy at risk

A shocking 103% percent increase in police killings in Rio de Janeiro between April and June of 2016 and 2015 has shattered any chance of a positive legacy to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, said Amnesty International three days before the opening ceremony. According to the Institute for Public Security of the State of Rio de Janeiro, police in the city killed 49 people in June 2016, 40 in May and 35 in April – more than one every single day.

Date:
2 August 2016
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Brazil: Amnesty International activists deliver ‘body bags’ to Rio 2016 organizers

Forty body bags, representing the number of people killed by the police in May 2016 in Rio de Janeiro were displayed in front of the Local Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympics by Amnesty International’s activists in a peaceful protest. The activists also delivered a petition signed by 120,000 people from more than 15 countries demanding public security policies that respect human rights during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Date:
27 July 2016
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Fighting injustice with smartphones in Olympic Rio

By Josefina Salomon, News Writer at Amnesty International @josefinasalomon It was a regular evening in April 2015 in the Complexo do Alemão, one of the largest conglomerations of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Eduardo, a 10-year-old boy, was sitting at the front door of his house, playing with his mobile phone. He was eagerly waiting for his sister to return home so they could play together while their mum prepared dinner.

Date:
27 July 2016
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Brazil: ‘Cross-fire’, new app to document gun violence in Rio ahead of Olympics

Amnesty International today launched a new app to document the use of firearms in Rio de Janeiro before the 2016 Olympic Games. Cross-fire will allow people living across Rio de Janeiro to report incidents of gun violence, which have been increasing over the last few years. “Brazil has one of the highest levels of homicides across the world, with around 42,000 people killed with guns every year. Those living in the most marginalized areas of the city are disproportionately affected by this crisis,” said Atila Roque, Brazil Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
5 July 2016
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Brazil: Huge spike in number of deaths committed by Police in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

A shocking increase of 135% in the number of people killed by police officers in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the run up to the Olympics lays bare the security services’ chilling disregard to the right of life, said Amnesty International today. According to the Instituto de Segurança Pública (ISP), in the city of Rio de Janeiro alone, 40 people were killed by police officers on duty in the month of May: an increase of 135% compared to 17 during the same period in 2015.

Date:
1 July 2016
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Brazil: Economic emergency, no excuse to cut social services and security short ahead of Olympics

A new decree by the governor of Rio de Janeiro authorizing spending cuts ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games must not be used as an excuse to cut short basic services and training for security forces to be deployed in favelas, Amnesty International said. “The decision to cut down on social services and security ahead of the Rio Olympics is not only shocking but incredibly worrying, particularly given Rio’s utterly poor record when it comes to homicides and police killings,” said Atila Roque, Brazil Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
17 June 2016
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Brazil: Imminent forced eviction of Indigenous Peoples flagrantly unjust

The planned forced eviction of nine families of the Guarani Kaiowá Apika’y Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral lands in Mato Grosso do Sul state is another example of the authorities riding rough-shod over human rights to make way for landowners and profit, said Amnesty International today. According to Amnesty International’s local partner Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), a judge has now notified the community that it will be forcibly evicted any day between 13 and 15 June.

Date:
13 June 2016
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Brazil on fast-track course to repeat epic World Cup failures during Olympics

Brazil is on a fast-track course to repeat the deadly mistakes it has been making around policing for decades, made even more evident during the 2014 World Cup, which left a long trail of suffering, Amnesty International said today in a briefing two months ahead of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony. Violence has no place in these games! Risk of human rights violations at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reveals how Brazilian authorities and sports governing bodies in Rio de Janeiro have put in place the same ill-conceived security policies which led to a sharp increase in homicides and human rights violations by security forces since the 2014 World Cup.

Date:
2 June 2016
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  • Brazil
  • Poverty

The dark side of Rio 2016: 20 families win fight to stay in their homes, against all odds

By Josefina Salomón, news writer at Amnesty International @josefinasalomon It is a story with an unthinkable ending. A true fight of David against Goliath. On the one hand, 20 families living in the ruins of what was once a vibrant community of 600 families set up five decades ago in front of what is now Rio’s Olympic Park – and one of the city’s property hotspots. On the other, the unbreakable will of Rio de Janeiro’s authorities, determined to vacate the land, despite having awarded the community the right to be there for a century.

Date:
9 May 2016