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2/07/2003
10:21:20
Subject: case studies needed--street kids
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Dear colleagues

Action for Brazil's Children Trust has been asked to make a presentation to the above body in mid March 2003. The All Party Group of MPs are
especially interested to learn of 'case studies' in regards to human rights abuses on children living and working on the streets of Brazil. We
already have information to impart as part of our presentation but if you have other recent examples to pass on to us we would be very grateful. All
information will be treated as anonymous and no person or organisation will be identified by us in the presentation and elsewhere.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Mark Ereira
Chief Executive
Action for Brazil's Children Trust
88-89 St John's Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1SQ

01284 747476
01284 747478 (fax)

info@abctrust.org.uk
www.abctrust.org.uk

UK registered charity no: 1069022











Clean the Streets
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2/07/2003
11:11:24
RE: case studies needed--street kids
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I can see those case studies from my window every day... sleeping, sniffing glue, begging, fighting, shitting, stealing, and ambushing old ladies. What would you like to know?


dead afgan
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2/07/2003
12:04:02
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If you need a worthy cause,try "Why the UK needs to suck Bush's arse". stop spreading you holier- than-thou shit over here.


Gazavat buster
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2/07/2003
16:44:26
Hey, dead A...
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Stop spreading your perverted sexual fantasies on this board. Countries do not do to each other what you and your donkey practice on holy days.




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2/08/2003
06:37:51
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Number of Street Children in Rio Reaches 3,200

A war of numbers is being waged between the 1st Juvenile Court and Rio de Janeiro City Hall while problems created by street youths in Copacabana, Barra, Tijuca and Centro escalate. These neighborhoods are the most attractive for a population that, according to City Hall, is comprised of no more than 1,200 minors, and according to the Justice system, surpasses 3,200. This week alone, in Copacabana, minors were caught assaulting tourists and threatening residents. Last Wednesday, one group even performed an arrastão (sweep) in the neighborhood, wounding a military police officer.

According to the commander of the 19th BPM (Copacabana), Dario Cony, operations to collect the minors are just a drop in the bucket. Over the last two months, 90 minors were detained, but as there was no room for them in any of the shelters, they went back to the streets.
City Hall and the Justice system also disagree on the number and quality of shelters in the city. City Hall says there are 33, while Judge Siro Darlan, of the 1st Juvenile Court, guarantees that there are 10, only two of which offer minimal living conditions.

According to Darlan, there are 66 shelters throughout the city, 10 of which belong to the Municipality, five are state-owned and 51 belong to NGO’s connected with churches and charity institutions. But the number of vacancies in the private shelters is limited, while the public ones are over-full and the lack of living conditions makes returning to the streets a routine.

While these minors are begging in the streets, many of them are induced to criminal activity.
- There is a fine line between the street child and the juvenile delinquent. Delinquency is just a step away from degradation - laments Horácio Magalhães, of the Sociedade Amigos de Copacabana.
According to promoter, Marcos Fagundes, complaints have already been filed against City Hall for not removing the minors from the streets. He also states that last year, the Municipality didn’t spend the contemplated funds on programs for minors.

- There is alot of conflicting information between the involved agenciesThis is why we are stuck in a win-lose relationship. Combined and joint efforts are needed - says Wagner Siqueira, Secretary for Social Development.

Published February 7th

Source www.expats.com.br (they lifted the article from O Globo)



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