Police Indicted Over Amarildo Death: Daily

Police Indicted Over Amarildo Death: Daily

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 had been missing since a July 14th police operation in the Rocinha community. His disappearance […]

Allegations of Police Brutality in Rocinha

Allegations of Police Brutality in Rocinha

By Matthew Elliott, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Resident’s testimonies and official complaints have brought allegations of police brutality in Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela. In a special report following the well-publicized disappearance of one resident, Amarildo, last seen in police custody, O Globo’s Sunday night current affairs show “Fantastico” uncovered numerous accounts of […]

Protests Over Missing Rocinha Man: Daily

Protests Over Missing Rocinha Man: Daily

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 this weekend. The protest, meant to coincide with Brazil’s Father’s Day, will begin at Rocinha’s […]

Rocinha Residents Receive Home Titles

Rocinha Residents Receive Home Titles

By Maria Conde, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The state of Rio issued 2,091 land titles to residents in the iconic favela Rocinha last Friday. These are the first of 9,000 titles the Instituto de Terras e Cartografia do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, (ITERJ – Institute of Lands and Cartography of the […]

Police to Pacify Rocinha and Vidigal Favelas

Police to Pacify Rocinha and Vidigal Favelas

By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week local media R7 reported that Rocinha, considered the largest favela in Brazil, is next in line to receive a Police Pacifying Unit (UPP).  It was reported that BOPE will invade Rocinha and Vidigal on November 13th in preparation for pacification, although no official […]