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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The death of Wellington da Silva Braga, aka Ecko, pointed out as the head of the largest militia in the country and the target of a Civil Police operation, has generated a dispute over...
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – State deputies of Rio de Janeiro's legislative assembly approved a bill that allows them to carry firearms by 44 votes in favor versus 11 against. However, the bill has already proven...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a disturbing new report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), in only the first few weeks of 2019, 126 gender-based murders of women along with 67 murder...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday, October 15th, Brazil's outspoken right-wing presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, visited the Special Police Operations Battalion (Bope) of Rio de Janeiro's Military Police and compared the violence in Rio...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An estimated seven thousand people took to the streets of Copacabana near Copacabana Palace in Rio's Zona Sul (South Zone) on Sunday, July 29th, in the fourth annual "Black Women's...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The number of firearm registrations by individuals citizens in Brazil has increased over five times in the past ten years, according to data compiled by the Sou da...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The normally quiet neighborhood of Barra Grande, just outside of historic Paraty, in Rio de Janeiro State, was the scene of a brutal murder as the body of expatriate French...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Over the weekend, Rio police apprehended Mário Marcelo Ferreira dos Santos Santoro who is suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend Cecília Müller Haddad in Australia in April. The 40-year-old Santoro, an engineer,...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Violence in Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela community, Rocinha, has reached unprecedented levels with 54 people killed in the last six months alone, according to Military Police statistics. This figure...

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