Human Rights July 15, 2018

Brazilians affected by the family separation crisis at U.S. border

child family separation u.s. border

The U.S. government has enforced a now infamous “zero tolerance” policy on immigrants who illegally cross the border. The Trump administration has decided to prosecute adult asylum seekers as criminals – which has led to their separation from their children. Since October 2017, at least 2,700 children have been taken from their parents (including 49… Read More »

How Brazil’s air pollution threatens its future

How Brazil’s air pollution threatens its future

Approximately seven million people die each year as a consequence of air pollution, with 90 percent of these deaths taking place in low- and middle-income countries, according to new findings. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest research shows that although countries are making efforts to mitigate air pollution’s causes, strategies are not keeping pace with… Read More »

Landless Workers could become subject to Brazil’s Antiterrorism Law

Landless Workers Movements could become subject to Brazil’s Antiterrorism Law

Earlier this week, militant members of the Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST) occupied the triplex used as evidence of former President Lula in the corruption charges leveraged against him. Guilherme Boulos, a national coordinator for the movement and current presidential candidate, quipped on social media: “If it’s Lula’s, the people can stay. If not, then why… Read More »

How armed militias became part of Rio’s everyday life

rio de janeiro armed militias violence

It seems ludicrous now, but urban armed militias were once well-regarded in Rio de Janeiro. Originally, these groups were a kind of security patrol unit acting against drug traffickers – and were formed by police officers, firefighters, and prison guards. Even the authorities supported them as a way to fill a void left by the… Read More »

Brazilian military’s creeping influence over the government

Brazilian military's creeping influence over the government democracy

During an interview this week, former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso took a hit at incumbent Michel Temer. Following Temer’s decision to appoint an army general as the interim Minister of Defense, Cardoso said that “only weak administrations ask the generals for help.” Cardoso has a point. Since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985,… Read More »

Intervention lacks policy grounding, Amnesty International says

Amnesty International violence brazil

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… Read More »

Who are the Venezuelans moving to Brazil?

venezuelans in brazil

Venezuelan migrants are arriving to Brazil in record numbers: in the first six months of 2017, the total number of refugee requests reached 7,600, already higher than the total 3,368 in 2016. But arrivals are in fact higher. The country’s political and economic collapse has created an extraordinary migration wave, but just 33.7 percent of… Read More »

Rio security intervention ‘a smokescreen’

rio security intervention

Rio de Janeiro’s security intervention is a “smokescreen” for government agendas, warn opposition politicians. The intervention, which was announced in the early hours of Friday, February 16, will see national armed forces on the streets of Brazil’s most famous city through the end of 2018. For the first time since Brazil declared its 1988 Constitution,… Read More »