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Use of Force – Guidelines for Implementation of the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by law enforcement officials

From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the favelas of Brazil, the police use of force and firearms makes global…

September 2, 2015


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You Killed My Son: Killings by Military Police in Rio de Janeiro

Military police in Rio de Janeiro who seem to follow a “shoot first, ask questions later” strategy are contributing to…

July 31, 2015

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Brazil: Shocking U-Turn on Vote Against Lowering Age of Criminal Responsibility

A shocking U-turn on a Brazilian Parliamentary decision that rejected lowering the age at which young people can be tried…

July 2, 2015

Press Release

Amnesty International USA and Conectas Direitos Humanos Urge Brazilian Congress Not to Lower Age of Criminal Responsibility

Amnesty International USA joined the Brazilian nongovernmental organization Conectas Direitos Humanos in calling on the Brazilian Congress to refrain from…

June 29, 2015

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Brazil: Lowering age of adult criminal responsibility will consign children to “medieval” prison system

Plans to lower the age at which children can be prosecuted as adults in Brazil will dramatically undermine children’s rights…

May 18, 2015


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State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up…

February 25, 2015

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With Snowden Russia Asylum Set to Expire, Brazil Must Consider His Permanent Asylum Request

Brazil's government should give full consideration to Edward Snowden's claim for asylum in the country. Today the U.S. whistleblower offered…

December 18, 2013

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Annual Report: Brazil 2013

Federative Republic of Brazil Head of state and government Dilma Rousseff Levels of violent crime remained high. The authorities frequently…

May 16, 2013

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Brazilian Authorities Must Respect Human Rights While Taking Control of Maré Area

Tens of thousands of residents of one of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favelas are being targeted by Amnesty International and…

November 5, 2012

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Brazil: Picking up the pieces: Women’s experience of urban violence in Brazil

This report provides a glimpse of what life is like for women in many parts of Brazil today. In socially…

February 23, 2012

Press Release

Amnesty International Urges Brazil to Scrap Amnesty Law That Protects Rights Abusers

Amnesty International today urged the Brazilian authorities to revoke a law that prevents the investigation and prosecution of those responsible…

August 26, 2011

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Amnesty International Urges Brazil to Improve Health Services for Women Following U.N. Ruling

Contact: AIUSA media relations, 202-509-8194 (Washington, D.C.) - Brazil must urgently improve the health services available to women during and…

August 23, 2011