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Amnesty Condemns Killings of Police in Brazil and Warns Against Retaliation

Amnesty International released a note saying the it totally repudiates the recent wave of attacks against police officers in São Paulo, Brazil.

The last attack, which took place on 12 January, 2006, in Vila Maria, left one officer dead and two injured.

In its public statement, Amnesty says:

Police officers must be able to go about their duties without fear of violent attack. These incidents should be thoroughly investigated, and those found guilty brought swiftly to justice according to international human rights standards.

However, these attacks should not be used as an excuse for the promotion or implementation of repressive or abusive security measures by the state authorities.

The persistent violations of human rights perpetrated throughout São Paulo’s criminal justice system have only contributed to high levels of violence in the state.

Amnesty International urges the state authorities to address the problems of violent and discriminatory policing as well as the cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions within its prisons to ensure the effective provision of security for all citizens including law-enforcement officials.

Only through the development of a public security policy which is inclusive, respectful of the communities they serve, and based on the protection of all, will the authorities reduce levels of violence in the city. At the same time this will ensure a safer environment in which police can work.

Amnesty International – www.amnesty.org

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  • Guest

    The meaning of hypocrisy… again.
    “… violence, poverty, and illiteracy.” ??? Is this guy talkng about New Orleans? Or about the majority of people of a nation which vote for Bush again?

  • Guest

    The meaning of hypocrisy

    You know the more and more I read this site and visit Brazil, the more and more I am convinced that Brazilians really are just about the stupidest people on the face of this planet. Your comments only reenforce the long standing belief that Brazilians don´t take responsibility for anything they do, probably because they are too stupid to realize they´ve done anything wrong. Enjoy your next 500 years of violence, poverty, and illiteracy.

  • Guest

    The meaning of hypocrisy
    As just did all around the world the CIA, (to be more precise: they trained brazilians far wright forces in the 70’s). And this was what did the american force in Iraq and elsewhrere in the past, they told you they dont smuggle drugs, they are not corrupted, they will swear that they killed only criminals, and that the others were by accident while they were on duty. Being even more precise:who do you think are behind the producers of drug of Colombia and the dealers? When a “Carioca” drug dealer boy is captured or killed in Rio do you really believe no american hands get dirty? That’s why the only sinner Jesus Christ didn’t forgive at all were the hypocrites!!!!

  • Guest

    WELL SAID !
    …..but the brazilian police will tell you they dont smuggle drugs, they are not corrupted, they will swear that they killed only criminals, and that the others were by accident while they were on duty.

    They even did mass killings of innocents last year. For 3 days it was in the front page of all newspapers. After the first 3 days……NO NEWS ! TOTAL SILENCE !

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