Explaining Brazil #89: Some humans still own other humans

Signed in May 1888, imperial law number 3,353 is one of the shortest ever passed in Brazil: coming in at only 18 words. But it is one of the most important pieces of legislation ever signed in Brazil, most commonly known as the “Golden Law.” It abolished slavery in the country, after 350 years of it being at the center of Brazil’s economic model. But while outlawed, slavery never truly went away from Brazil.

We at The Brazilian Report were part of a documentary produced by Brazil’s Labor Prosecution Office and the International Labor Organization, called Precisão. That’s what our episode is about this week.

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In this episode:

  • Camilla Costa is a BBC reporter now based in London, who has extensive experience covering human rights in Brazil.
  • Augusto de Arruda Botelho is a criminal lawyer and a councilor at Human Rights Watch.

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Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall, editing. is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.

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