September 9, 2015

Brazil: Respect the Right to Life (UA 195/15)




At least two people were killed and one seriously injured in police operations in favelas in Rio de Janeiro on 8 and 9 September. Two boys, aged 13 and 16, were shot dead and a 33-year-old woman was shot in the face and is in grave condition. Residents of one favela report that police operations are still ongoing, with heavy shooting. 
1) Please write immediately in Portuguese, English or your own language:
  • Ensure that law enforcement officials respect the right to life and, in particular, do not use firearms except to protect against an imminent threat of death or serious injury, as stipulated in the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials;
  • Calling on the authorities to conduct thorough, prompt and impartial investigations into any death or serious injuries that resulted from the use of police force, ensure that anyone found responsible is brought to justice and that victims receive adequate reparations;
  • Urging them to ensure that the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rio de Janeiro fulfils its constitutional role of exercising external control of police activity, promoting effective actions to monitor the use of lethal force by the police
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 195/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.