Increasing levels of violence were a recurring symbol over the course of last year in Brazil, says Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of human rights. However, the introduction of the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro is unlikely to curb violence, according to the organization. The NGO said that the intervention is a continuation of tendencies from 2017, with high levels of violence, low accountability, and minimal changes to create effective policies.
“The justification for the intervention is that the public security situation is out of control in Rio de Janeiro. There is no data to prove this,” Jurema Werneck, director of Amnesty International in Brazil, told The Brazilian Report. “The data also says that although the situation of violence in Rio de Janeiro is extremely serious, other states have higher rates.”