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A police officer walks up to a man lying on the ground, reaches down, and picks up what appears to be an assault rifle beside the man. As the man looks up, the officer shoots him. The camera pans to follow another police officer, approaching a second man on the ground. He shoots him, and keeps walking. The executions occurred just...

  The recent list with almost 100 names sent by Brazil’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office to the Supreme Court asking for the opening of 83 investigations based in testimonies of former executives of the Odebrecht contractor encouraged some legislators to get a collective pardon to Congress. The new phase of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) operation rekindled the debate in the House...

Brazilian authorities should reform laws that have been used to impose disproportionate punishments on military police officers who speak out publicly to advocate reform or voice complaints, Human Rights Watch said recently. “A country with close to 60,000 killings a year urgently needs to consider new approaches to public security,” said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil director at Human Rights Watch. “Those...

To enter the unsanitary, violent, and inhumane cells of Brazil’s prisons is to step into a cruel netherworld where neither Brazilian nor international law seem to apply. For nearly 37,000 women behind bars, there is added anguish. Under Brazilian law women shall be held in prisons exclusively for women. In reality, most of them are housed in wings within male...

Brazilian President Michel Temer’s government expects a federal judge to recommend his removal for illegal campaign funding, but believes it can stall a final decision by Brazil’s top electoral court until after he leaves office next year, aides said. If Temer can delay the process it could allow him to press ahead with fiscal reforms and austerity policies that have...

Brazil’s Prosecution Service for Labor (MPT) is launching a national campaign against child labor. The initiative is supported by music and sports personalities and was given the hashtag #ChegaDeTrabalhoInfantil (Portuguese for “stop child labor”). The program aims to encourage social media users to share the hashtag on their profile pages in support of the cause against the illegal work imposed...

Despite an announcement by the government that the state of Espírito Santos, in southeastern Brazil, and the military police had reached an agreement the police strike in that state continued Saturday. More than 700 police are facing charges of insurrection for not working, which could lead to prison sentences from eight to 20 years. In an evening press conference in the...

The government of Espírito Santo state, in southeastern Brazil, in the midst of chaos with looting, burning of buses and the death of more than 100 people, is being assisted by the federal government, which sent the Armed Forces to reestablish the order. The state authorities handed over operational control of the public security to Brigadier General Adilson Carlos Katibe,...

In Brazil, a drug program in the northeastern state of Pernambuco has provided some 7,000 marginalized, often homeless crack-cocaine users with housing, health care, psychological support, and job training since 2011 — without requiring that they stop using drugs. From 2015 to 2016, using both qualitative and quantitative methods (from interviews to data analysis), we undertook an evaluation of Programa...

Leading the list are Brazilian President Michel Temer, former soccer star Romário, former candidate to the presidency, Aécio Neves, and the heads of the Senate and the Lower House. The president of Brazil’s federal Supreme Court, Carmen Lucia, approved Monday plea bargain statements of 77 executives and former employees of Odebrecht, Brazil’s largest construction conglomerate. The testimonies implicate dozens of politicians...

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