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By Melissa Van Brunnersum, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the year 2017, Brazil’s free telephone service for human rights violations and domestic violence, “Disque 100” (Dial 100), received a total of 142,666 complaints nationwide. The service is...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Despite claims from NGOs and international entities of increasing police brutality and human rights violations, the joint operations of the military police and the Brazilian Armed Forces will continue...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The human rights group, Dhesca Brasil Platform, has started a four-day mission to investigate police violence in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The research effort started today (September 9th),...
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 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The four military police officers accused of killing five youths on Sunday morning in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Costa Barros, will await trial in jail, according to...
By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The nationwide protests of June and July may have abated, but in their wake have come a series of cause-driven acts that continue to spiral into violent clashes between police...
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...
By Matthew Elliott, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a massive overhaul of the city's military police leadership, changes in command in 25 of the 34 police pacification units (UPP) have been announced. As part of the move...
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...
By Matthew Elliott, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Protests and accusations of police responsibility have followed the disappearance of a Rocinha resident. Amarildo de Souza, 42, has been missing since July 14th when a large scale anti-trafficking operation...
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