In January 2003, Urgent Action letter-writers sent thousands of appeals to Brazilian officials on behalf of Dr. Elma Novais and her children Jefferson and Roxana, following a campaign of threats and intimidation against them. This campaign appeared to be designed to intimidate Dr. Novais, who had been working tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for killing her son, Josenildo Joao de Freitas
Junior. He was shot dead in Caruaru, Pernambuco, in 1999 by a group of men who witnesses described as military policemen, and who were believed to be members of a death squad. After the Urgent Action was issued, Dr. Novais' protection was switched from 12- to 24-hour.
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Violence Has No Place in These Games
As Brazil finalizes the preparations for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympic Games in August, there is a high risk of increasing human rights violations in the context of public security operations. The organizers have failed to meet the promised conditions, and human rights violations in the context of public security operations are still taking place.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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