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Dear Governors,                     We are writing to applaud the commitment the Governors, through the Interstate Legal Amazon Consortium, have made to fight illegal deforestation in the Amazon and to…
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Esteemed Attorney General, We write to express our serious concern about the elimination of the Group of Specialized Action in Public Security (GAESP, in Portuguese) and to urge you to establish a well-resourced unit of prosecutors dedicated to…
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Dear Foreign Ministers and Members of the European Parliament: We are writing to share our concerns regarding the environmental and human rights crisis unfolding in the Brazilian Amazon, and to urge that the EU-Mercosur trade agreement not be…
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Letter to the Senate

São Paulo, September 26, 2017 Edison Lobão Senator, President of Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Committee of the Federal Senate of Brazil Antonio Anastasia Senator, Vice president of Constitution, Justice and Citizenship…
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Letter to the Rio de Janeiro Attorney General

New York, February 16, 2017   To the Rio de Janeiro Attorney General   Esteemed Attorney General, It was a great pleasure to meet you and your team at the Ministério Público in Rio de Janeiro last…
Policemen patrol the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro on September 14, 2012.
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Letter to President Dilma Rousseff

São Paulo, March 16, 2016   Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil Brasilia, BRAZIL   Dear President Rousseff,   We are writing to share Human Rights Watch…
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Letter to Congressional Leaders

Brasília, June 9, 2015   Renan Calheiros Senator, President of the Federal Senate of Brazil   Andre Moura, Federal Deputy, President of the Chamber of Deputies Special Commission on PEC 171…
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We, the undersigned organisations, call upon the 41 Governments that compose the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, to take action and address the alarming proliferation of surveillance…
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Letter to São Paulo State Government

His Excellency Geraldo Alckmin  Governor of the State of Sao Paulo   Dear Governor Geraldo Alckmin, We are writing to share with you our concerns regarding torture and other mistreatment of detainees by police and prison authorities…
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Letter to Congress

Washington, D.C., July 28, 2014   Renan Calheiros Senator, President of the Federal Senate of Brazil   Vital do Rêgo Senator, President of the Senate Commission on the Constitution, Justice and Citizenship   Humberto Costa Senator, Rapporteur on Draft Law…
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Washington, D.C., June 26, 2014   Hector Timerman, Foreign Affairs Minister of Argentina Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Foreign Affairs Minister of Brazil Heraldo Muñoz, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile María Ángela Holguín, Foreign Affairs Minister of…
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To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, and Observer States of Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Togo

Your Excellency, We are writing to you to ask your delegation to urgently consider calling for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights of migrants at sea. The devastating event in Lampedusa speaks for itself, and warrants a…
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Washington, D.C., September 5th2013   His Excellency Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara President of Paraguay Asunción - Paraguay   Dear President Cartes, I am writing to urge your government and other MERCOSUR members to actively seek that the government of…
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Washington, D.C., September 5th2013   Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff Presidenta da República do Brasil Brasília, Brasil     Dear President Rousseff, I am writing to urge your government and other MERCOSUR members to actively seek that the government of…