Amnesty Uses Brazil Violence to Promote Gun Control in the World

During the course of 2006, Amnesty International plans to present its report entitled "They Come In Shooting – The Policing of Socially Excluded Communities in Brazil," on police violence in Brazil, in various European, Latin American, and US cities.

The full text of the 52-page long document, which was released internationally on Friday, December 2, is available on the website:

The presentations will include the participation of two Brazilian women, Elisabete Silvério, from São Paulo, and Elisabete Maria de Souza, from Rio de Janeiro, who became human rights activists after being victimized by the Brazilian police violence.

According to the Amnesty press office, the intention is not to taint the image of Brazil abroad. The document is part of an international campaign to persuade governments all over the world to adopt policies to control weapons sales in their countries.

The press office goes on to inform that Brazil is a good example for this type of campaign because of the profusion of firearms in the country.

Amnesty data for 2005 indicate that around 17 million small arms exist in Brazil today, and 15 million of them are not in the hands of institutions responsible for the country’s public safety.

Nine million of the 15 million are illegal, and it is possible that 4 million belong to criminals.

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    i’m doing a school research paper on amnesty in the country of my choice and i chose to write in on brazil because of the police brutality and gun violence in this country.. i’m rom new york and 18yrs old and i only hope that by achieving in my dream for writting i can help reach out to world to help improve thi discrimanation only if words speak louder than action….

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazil Flirting with Deflation

The Cost of Living Index (Àndice do Custo de Vida) (ICV), in the city ...

Brazilian Development Bank’s Profit Falls US$ 383 Million

The Brazilian National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) posted a net profit ...

Brazil’s Embraer Announces Firm Order Backlog Amounting to Record US$ 17 Billion

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer reports that its firm order backlog for the Commercial Aviation, ...

To Satisfy Its Appetite Brazil Goes Looking for Gas in Pipelines and Ships

Brazil’s oil and gas industry already represents 9% of the country’s GDP and should ...

Corruption News Brings In the Bears in Brazil

Latin American stocks turned lower across the board in a broad-based bout of profit-taking. ...

Winner at Sundance, Brazilian Documentary Starts Promising US Career

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), the Brazilian movie that won at this year's Sundance ...

Stirred Up by Venezuela Brazil Is Outspending Everyone in Arms Race

Latin America former political leaders and security experts, several of them, expressed concern over ...

Brazil Embraer’s Sales Double

Brazil’s aircraft manufacturer Embraer net sales increased by 113.5% during the third quarter this ...

With Santander’s IPO Brazil Is Eldorado All Over Again

Spanish banking giant Santander's Brazilian unit has raised 14.1 billion reais, approximately 8.1 billion ...

After Cattle Disease Blow, Brazil Takes Steps to Prevent Bird Flu

Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply, Roberto Rodrigues, said today that the Brazilian ...