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Brazil Still Mistreating Its Delinquent Minors, Says OAS

A group of human rights organizations has released a report on the situation in 17 juvenile delinquent detention units (Fundação Estadual do Bem-Estar do Menor) (Febem), in Tatuapé in the state of São Paulo.

Representatives of the organizations inspected Febem units for the first time following hearings at the Organization of American States (OAS) Interamerican Human Rights Court on November 30 of last year.

At that time the OAS court recommended the implementation of eight measures immediately. The main thrust of the court recommendations was to ensure better treatment of Febem inmates and punishment for any abuses.

The human rights organizations report that Febem is not complying with the OAS court rulings. Beatriz Affonso, the head of the office of International Law and Justice Center (Cejil), says the most serious problem is that inmates are not receiving adequate medical care.

Affonso says they saw many sick inmates and two that had died. She declared that it was "unacceptable" that two deaths had occurred after the OAS court rulings.

In a note, spokespersons for the juvenile delinquent detention center (Fundação Estadual do Bem-Estar do Menor) (Febem) at Tatuapé in São Paulo responded to accusations by human rights groups that they have not been complying with recommendations made by the Organization of American States’ Interamerican Human Rights Court at hearings last November.

The case of the Tatuapé Febem was filed before the OAS court by human rights groups following a series of rebellions that resulted in injuries and even deaths among the inmates.

In its note, Febem says it is not true that inmates do not have adequate medical attention. The note points out that at the Tatuapé Febem complex there are three doctors, four psychiatrists, five nurses, 50 nurse assistants and eight dentists.

The note goes on to say that for two months, between November 22 and January 27, there were no serious problems at Tatuapé. "Unfortunately, on January 27, an inmate was killed in fighting between rival inmates," explains the note, adding that the administrators of the complex do not permit violence and when it occurs it is punished.

The Tatuapé Febem complex has a reputation for riots, rebellions, injuries, deaths and inmate escapes. It is supposed to be deactivated this year when smaller complexes, being built around the state of São Paulo, become available.

Agência Brasil


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  • Guest

    Re: must start from somewhere
    So you’re just another bleeding heart, are you? Lets slosh cash at the low-lifes, because it will make us all feel better — you know, give us that warm fuzzy feeling. Is that it? And what’s all this ‘must’ business. Why must we? Why should honest tax payers be made to fund programmes for these types? In Britain we have some sophisticated programmes for delinquents, and for all intents and puposes it makes precious little difference. As soon as the buggers are off the programme they simply revert to general misery-making and mayhem for the rest of society. It’s in their blood, it’s that simple. Lock them up and throw away the key, then forget them. That’s the answer my friend.

  • Guest

    So whats the solution? Mistreat them more and create a bunch of psychopaths?

    What made them get like this in the first place? Why are they so violent? Were they sexually abused, treated with violence or witnessed horrific crimes?
    Its obvious these kids are hurting badly.

    All i am saying is i dont think the government should ignore this situation… face this problem with full intent.

    Explore all kinds of therapies and other treatments that are successful around the world. Is this so wrong of me to suggest?

    If i am wrong is apathy the answer to this problem?????

  • Guest

    Good idea…..
    Good idea. Why don’t you go and demonstrate some love to a buch of violent delinquents and see what happens to you. If you’re still alive at the end of ‘showing them love’, post the results here for us. I for one will be eager to read it. One word of advice: make sure you’re shriven before you do anything with these types.

  • Guest

    Mistreatment of Deliquent Minors
    Are Brazilian authorities going to take note of this report from the Human Rights Organizations or continue to make excuses?

    This mistreatment of it’s Deliquent Minors is appalling and will only add to any psycological or behavioral problems which already exist.

    Effective methods in rehabilitating offenders is the way forward so these kids can be re-intergrated successfully back into society as balanced human beings.

    Violence only fuels violences and is not the solution to this predicament.

    How about showing a bit of LOVE to these kids for a change? Maybe this might bring about some surprising results?

    When will Brazil ever learn? This is just unacceptable!!!


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