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April 2003
Vol. 15, No. 1(B)

BRAZIL

CRUEL CONFINEMENT
Abuses Against Detained Children in Northern Brazil

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Supplementary Materials

Crianças detidas em condições abusivas

Brasil — Condiciones abusivas para los niños detenidos

Brazil: Abusive Conditions for Detained Children
Press Release, April 10, 2003

Fact Sheet: Juvenile Detention in Brazil
April 2003

Children's Testimonies from Cruel Confinement: Abuses Against Detained Children in Northern Brazil
April 2003

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Cruel Confinement: Abuses Against Detained Children in Northern Brazil


I. SUMMARY

II. RECOMMENDATIONS

To state detention authorities

To the State Military Police
To state judicial authorities
To state legislatures
To the Office of the Attorney General (Ministério Público)
To the federal Ministry of Justice
To the federal Ministry of Foreign Relations
To the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

III. AN OVERVIEW OF JUVENILE DETENTION IN NORTHERN BRAZIL
The Statute of the Child and Adolescent
Legal Representation
Juvenile Detention Facilities
Responsible Authorities
Independent Monitoring

IV. MISTREATMENT BY MILITARY POLICE AND CIVILIAN GUARDS
The Role of the State Military Police
The State Military Police's Response to the Espaço Recomeço Disturbance
Treatment by Civilian Guards
Complaint Process

V. EXCESSIVE USE OF CELL CONFINEMENT
Cell Confinement for "Observation"
Cell Confinement as a Disciplinary Measure
Legal Standards

VI. VIOLENCE AMONG YOUTHS
Separation by Age, Physical Maturity, and Severity of Offense

VII. LIVING CONDITIONS
Recreation, Exercise, and Idleness
Contact with the Outside World
Bedding
Hygiene and Access to Water
Girls in Detention

VIII. EDUCATION
The Right to Education

IX. MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
General Medical Care
Mental Health
Access to Health Information
The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

APPENDIX: Detention Centers Visited for This Report

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

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