Human rights issues in Brazil

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Study shows that awards increase police violence
SEJUP (Servico Brasileiro de Justica e Paz), News from Brazil, 24 October 1997. The Jornal do Brasil reports on a survey about police violence in Rio de Janeiro. The survey shows that the number of people killed by police doubled since the state government introduced a system which awards police with promotion and pay increases after they have killed or arrested criminals.
Two international reports criticize Brazil's human rights efforts
SEJUP (Servico Brasileiro de Justica e Paz), News from Brazil, 18 December 1997. In recent days the publication of two international reports on the human rights situation in Brazil and the efforts of the government to bring about improvements in this area show that much still needs to be done.
Economic and Social Issues Become Human Rights
By James Allen Paranayba, IPS, 19 May 1999. Brazilian officials and non governmental organisations have agreed to a redefinition of human rights, now broadened to encompass social, economic and cultural needs in the framework of the government's National Human Rights Programme (PNDH).
Mary Robinson Collects Fat Packet of Complaints
By Mario Osava, IPS, 18 May 2000. United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson has collected a fat packet of complaints of human rights violations that have gone unpunished, to take back with her after a four-day visit to Brazil.
Fear for safety / Possible extrajudicial execution
Amnesty Internatinoal Urgent Action Bulletin, 2 October 2000. Amnesty International is concerned that the murder of Elizabeth Cristina de Oliveira Maia, who survived a military police massacre of street children in 1993 is intended to intimidate witnesses in other high-profile human rights trials. Police death squads have terrorised street children and the marginalized of Rio de Janeiro for many years.
Police Violence on the Rise
By Mario Osava, IPS, 6 December 2000. Brazil's human rights record has suffered a setback this year due to an upsurge in police brutality and the government's failure to act against it.
Overcrowded Febem to be denounced to the OAS
SEJUP (Servico Brasileiro de Justica e Paz), News from Brazil, 12 September 2001. The Commission of Human Rights of Sao Paulo will denounce an overcrowded Febem (juvenile detention center). The Febem in question is currently holding 300 adolescents in a building designed for 60 (brief).
Amnesty International reports on Violence in Brazil
EJUP (Servico Brasileiro de Justica e Paz), News from Brazil, 29 May 2003. Levels of violence in Brazil (especially in Sco Paulo and Rio de Janeiro). Thousands of people were killed in confrontations with the police. Torture and ill-treatment continued to be widespread and systematic in police stations, prisons and juvenile detention centers.