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A protester shows a local newspaper during a demonstration against the murder of Brazilian councilwoman and activist Marielle Franco in front of Rio's Municipal Chamber, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 20, 2018. Brazilians mourned for the Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and outspoken critic of police brutality who was shot in the city center in an assassination-style killing on March 14. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro Pimentel (Photo credit should read MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Brazil: Three months after Marielle Franco’s death, prosecutors are failing to deliver justice

Brazilian prosecutors must enlist specialist investigators to solve the killing of human rights defender Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson…

June 12, 2018

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Global Wikipedia edit-a-thon shines spotlight on the unsung women defending human rights around the world

Wikipedia enthusiasts from around the world are joining forces on 19 and 20 May 2018 to take part in a…

May 18, 2018

March to mark one month of the killings of the human rights defender and city councilor Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Brazil: International solidarity is crucial to solving activist Marielle Franco’s killing

Increased global activism is crucial to pressuring Brazilian authorities into solving the killing of the human rights defender and city…

May 12, 2018

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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…

May 5, 2017

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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…

August 22, 2016

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Amnesty International Rallies Behind Refugee Athletes Competing in Olympic Games

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, 10 refugees are competing without a national team. To stand…

August 4, 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…

August 1, 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…

July 27, 2016

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Amnesty launches ‘Cross-fire’, a new app to document gun violence in Rio ahead of Olympics

Amnesty International is launching a new app to document the use of firearms in Rio de Janeiro before the 2016…

July 5, 2016

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Huge spike in number of deaths committed by Police in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

A shocking increase of 135 percent in the number of people killed by police officers in the city of Rio…

July 1, 2016

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Economic emergency in Brazil is 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…

June 17, 2016

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Imminent forced eviction of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil flagrantly unjust

The planned forced eviction of nine families of the Guarani Kaiowá Apika’y Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral lands in Mato…

June 13, 2016