• Brazil is among the most influential democracies in regional and global affairs, and in recent years has emerged as an increasingly important voice in debates over international responses to human rights problems. At home, the country continues to confront serious human rights challenges, including unlawful police killings, the use of torture, prison overcrowding, and ongoing impunity for abuses committed during the country’s military rule (1964-1985).

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks at a meeting in Brasilia on July 10, 2013.

    Brazil is among the most influential democracies in regional and global affairs, and in recent years has emerged as an increasingly important voice in debates over international responses to human rights problems. At home, the country continues to confront serious human rights challenges, including unlawful police killings, the use of torture, prison overcrowding, and ongoing impunity for abuses committed during the country’s military rule (1964-1985).

Reports

  • Police Violence and Public Security in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo
  • Hidden Abuses Against Detained Youths in Rio de Janeiro
  • Juvenile Detention in the State of Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

  • Mar 22, 2014
  • Feb 3, 2014

    A person who is arrested has a right to be brought promptly before a judge. This is a longstanding and fundamental principle of international law, crucial for ensuring that the person’s arrest, treatment, and any ongoing detention  are lawful.

  • Jan 21, 2014
    Brazil has played aconstructiverole at the United Nations in several debates over international responses to human rights crises. In addition to leading international efforts to ensure effective oversight of state surveillance of communications, it supported critical resolutions addressing human rights problems in Iran and Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council. However, this positive engagement was overshadowed by its decision not to support a call for the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the ICC.
  • Jan 8, 2014

    The killing of four inmates at the Pedrinhas Prison Complex in Maranhão state on December 17, 2013 should be thoroughly and effectively investigated and those responsible brought to justice, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • Nov 21, 2013
    The United Nations General Assembly should approve a new resolution and make clear that indiscriminate surveillance is never consistent with the right to privacy, five human rights organizations said in a November 20, 2013 letter to members of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Sep 5, 2013
  • Sep 3, 2013
    Leaders of G20 countries should take concrete action to show support for human rights and civil society during the G20 summit in St. Petersburg. They should meet nongovernmental organizations, for example.
  • Aug 27, 2013
  • Aug 19, 2013
    The shocking detention of David Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, a journalist at the Guardian, at London’s Heathrow airport on August 18, 2013, appears aimed at punishing or intimidating journalists.
  • Aug 2, 2013

    Brazil should ensure that qualified, independent experts are appointed to a new federal body created to combat and prevent torture, Human Rights Watch said today. The body should havesufficient resources and political support to carry out its mandate effectively.