RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to reports, members of the security forces who "participate in operations to restore order and public safety are exempt from criminal responsibility if they act in the performance of their constitutional duties of legitimate defense or in an emergency".
They may also "use all available means proportionate to the risks of the operation". This "grave decree" violates international human rights conventions, promotes violent repression and "breaches the obligation of states to investigate, prosecute, convict and punish human rights violations," according to the CIDH.
According to the country's ombudsman, the number of fatalities caused by . . .