• 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).

  • A policeman looks for drugs and weapons at the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro on March 30, 2014.
    Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite recent measures to curb the practice.


  • 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