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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A report released on Thursday morning by Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls on Brazilian authorities to do more to halt police brutality, reject a constitutional amendment which would try and...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The non-governmental group Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in its latest Global Report that the overcrowding in Brazilian prisons and the high number of extrajudicial killings at the hands of...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Tuesday (December 6th) afternoon, the normally busy streets of Rio’s commercial Centro neighborhood resembled a combat zone as tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, fire bombs, stones and other...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Concerned about the number of violent deaths in Rio de Janeiro, many at the hands of police officers, international non-government organization, Amnesty International launched a campaign on Thursday to pressure...
By Matthew Elliott, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Homicide Division of the Civil Police has charged ten Military Police officers with the torture and death of Amarildo de Souza and concealment of a corpse. The assistant bricklayer...
By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Protests over the disappearance of Amarildo de Souza, a bricklayer and resident of the Rocinha favela community, who was last seen in police custody over three weeks ago, will continue...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilians are not, by and large, in favor of violence. They’ve never had a violent revolution like the U.S. or France. The military dictatorships were violent, but not to the extent...
By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Around 2,000 residents of Rio de Janeiro's Complexo do Maré favela and hundreds of its supporters gathered on Tuesday to protest against the excessive police violence in their community, which...

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Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week I went to Cinemark Barra Downtown, twice, to watch director José Padilha’s Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2). I was quite late, as over eleven million spectators watched...
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