Brazil: Regain Control of Prison System

Protect Prisoners from Violence Behind Bars (São Paulo) – Brazil needs to seize control of its prison system from gangs and guarantee the safety of all detainees, Human Rights Watch said today. “During the past several decades, Brazilian authorities have increasingly abdicated their responsibility to maintain order and security in prisons,” said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil director at Human Rights […]

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Brazil: New Bill threatens existing environmental protections and rights of communities

A new bill currently before the Brazilian Congress will create far greater flexibility regarding existing rules for environmental permits. The new bill if it is passed will reduce social participation and weaken access to public information at a time when environmental protections are needed more than ever. The bill proposes to end mandatory public hearings during the preparation of environmental […]

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Brazil: Social rights under siege

Brazil is on the cusp of adopting a constitutional amendment that will undermine fundamental human rights for generations to come. The Proposed Constitutional Amendment 55 (or PEC 55 in its Portuguese acronym), which is currently being debated in the Senate, will freeze public spending in real terms for the next two decades. This means that formerly constitutionally-protected government expenditures in […]

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OAS: Save Human Rights Body

Member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) should promptly ensure that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights receives enough financial support to fulfill its mandate, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission, a key defender of human rights in the Americas, faces a financial crisis that threatens justice and protection to victims of abuses across the continent. On […]

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