Amnesty Accuses Brazil of Abusing Minors and Women in Its Prisons

Brazil penitentiary According to Tim Cahill, Amnesty International's researcher on Brazil, Brazilian women are the hidden victims of a crumbling detention system that exposes them to rape and other ill treatment.

The statement came as reports emerged of the case of a young woman in the Brazilian northern state of Pará who was left in a police cell with 20 men for a month and repeatedly sexually abused.

"We receive extensive reports of women in detention who suffer sexual abuse, torture, substandard healthcare and inhuman conditions, showing that this case is far from isolated but continues to be hidden from the public," said Tim Cahill.

Even though women in Brazil make up a small percentage of the overall prison population, their numbers in detention are rising. There is a desperate need for the Government to address their needs, which are rarely if ever met.

The case also highlights concerns around the treatment of juveniles illegally held with adults around Brazil.

"At a time when some authorities and the media are consistently calling for a reduction of the age of criminal responsibility, this case shows how far Brazil is from ensuring the necessary minimum protections for its youth," said Cahill.

While Amnesty International recognizes that the federal and state authorities have responded rapidly to this case, many others go unreported or uninvestigated. It is essential that the authorities act in all such cases – not only those which receive extensive national and international media coverage.

The international organization said that it is calling on State Governor Ana Julia Carepa and on the federal authorities to investigate the allegations and bring those responsible to justice, ensuring that the victim and her family receive effective protection.

It also asks for a urgent review of the whole of the detention system to ensure women are not exposed to human rights abuses and that juveniles are not illegally held with adults.

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  • No Name

    AES
    But everyone who aspires to a higher education in Brazil attends law school. Law or Psychology.

  • ch.c.

    “Amnesty Accuses Brazil of Abusing Minors and Women in Its Prisons ”
    Only in prisons ????

    Hmmmm !!!!!

    You better read the many articles published on the left columns of this page !

    What happens in your prisons is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    AES
    JUST LAST WEEK LULA TOLD THE WORLD GOD WAS A BRASILIAN

    so far none of my people can confrim if the pope is moving to
    RIO to be closer to his boss

    of corse he wears a dress so he could end up in the same place bent over a stool

  • AES

    FUBAR
    The trouble with Brazil is there is no ACLU. There are no lawyers worth a damn that have the acumen to sue the State for damages. There are no courts to hear such a plea nor do they seem to have any interest in doing so. Perhaps they forgot Matthew 25:40 “…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

  • forrest allen brown

    A BRASILIAN ONE
    i know a few women in PB that were done by the police themselves
    and when they went to jail they were put in cells with men

    the old macho deal again

    watch the police next time they pick up a woman several will get into the truck with her and drive off
    with smile on there face

  • jakob

    This is bad
    This is bad… What kind of idiot can put a woman in the same cell with convicted fellons?

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