Brazil police ‘killed hundreds’ in Rio – Amnesty

BBC, 8/3/2015

Amnesty says it has found evidence that police killings were often illegal, with officers shooting suspects who had surrendered or had been wounded.

There has been no response so far from Brazil’s military police.
Police unions earlier said the number of officers killed was also very high.In Rio de Janeiro alone, 114 police were killed in 2014, according to the civilian police union Sindpol.

Police officers have in the past denied being “trigger happy”, saying they act in self defence when they come under fire from drug dealers in Rio’s sprawling favelas.

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Child marriage accepted in Brazil to escape abuse at home: researchers

Anastasia Moloney – Reuters, 7/15/2015

Child marriage is widely accepted in Brazil, where girls seek older husbands to escape from sexual and other violence in the home, or because of teenage pregnancies or the lack of job opportunities, according to new research.

There has been scant research in Brazil on child marriage, and little has been done to tackle it, researchers from Plan International, Brazil’s Federal University of Para and the gender equality charity Promundo said.

“Child marriage in Brazil is very normalized and accepted,” said Alice Taylor, lead author of the report, whose researchers say it is the first study of its kind in Brazil.

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Brazil: man’s lynching compared to slave flogging

Emmanuelle Saliba – NBC News, 7/10/2015

A shocking newspaper cover – comparing a recent lynching to the treatment of slaves – has gone viral in Brazil.

“From trunk to pole,” declared the cover headline of the newspaper “Extra,” comparing a 200-year-old public slave flogging to the lynching Monday of Cleidenilson Pereira da Silva.

According to reports, residents took matters into their own hands in São Luís, a city located in northern Brazil, after da Silva, 29, and a teenager attempted to rob a bar. Silva was caught, stripped naked, tied to a pole and beaten to death, the O Estado newspaper reported. Angry residents also threw a variety of objects at him, including stones and bottles. The teenager was brutally beaten.

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Lava Jato Investigations will continue, as painful as it may be

Eliane Cantanhêde and Andreza Matais – O Estado de S.Paulo, 7/04/2015

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Photo by Andre Dusek/Estadao

A man of few words, the director-general of the Federal Brazilian Police, Leandro Daiello came out of anonymity to state, in an interview to Estado that no one will be exempt from the law. The ongoing investigations will proceed even if they lead to President Rousseff or former President Lula, he said. “We investigate facts, not people. Where those facts take us is a consequence of the investigation itself, as painful as it may be”.

Originally from the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, Daiello has been and director-general of the Brazilian equivalent to the FBI since 2011. He used the expression “as painful as it may be” three times during the interview, to make clear that the Federal Police is an independent institution with solid rules of conduct, and that investigations are to continue “with or without José Eduardo Cardozo as justice minister, and with or without Daiello leading the Federal Police”.

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Brazil opposes policy of unilateral sanctions outside UN legal field

Sputnik Brazil, 7/09/2015

Brazil does not recognize the use of unilateral sanctions outside the UN legal field as they hurt the economic situation in the region of application and their legitimacy raises doubts, Brazilian Minister of External Relations Mauro Vieira told Sputnik Brazil.

“Brazil generally does not recognize sanctions applied outside of the UN legal field… We consider unilateral sanctions a tool the legitimacy of which is questionable,” Vieira said, answering a question about Brazil’s position on anti-Russia sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West.

“That’s why we do not recognize or support them,” Vieira said, adding that sanctions do not contribute to the building of a relationship of trust between parties for a peaceful political settlement of existing issues and hamper the resumption of economic growth in the region where they are applied.

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Can Brazil follow through on its ambitious climate goals?

Editorial Board – The Washington Post, 7/03/2015

Many environmental advocates had their eyes focused this week on the Supreme Court, where the justices slammed an Environmental Protection Agency clean air rule. But, in part because the practical effects of the ruling don’t appear dire, the more consequential event may have taken place at the White House, where President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff exchanged commitments on climate change.

There the news was good — but not good enough.

The outlines of the U.S. pledge, which will be codified at a United Nations conference later this year, have been known for months. Brazil’s intentions have been more mysterious, though it too has a big role to play in stemming climate change given its massive forest stocks and growing economy. At the White House, Ms. Rousseff previewed what her nation is likely to offer.

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WikiLeaks: U.S. wiretapped Brazilian presidents

Yamiche Alcindor – USA Today, 7/04/2015

The U.S. National Security Agency wiretapped several key Brazilian government officials including President Dilma Rousseff, her secretary and her chief of staff, according to WikiLeaks documents disclosed Saturday.

The group says the NSA eavesdropped on 29 key Brazilian government phone numbers, listening in on conversations taking place on Rousseff’s palace office line and her presidential jet phone as well as on phones of Brazil’s foreign minister, ambassadors and military chiefs.

The United States also waged an “economic espionage campaign” against Brazil by spying on those responsible for managing Brazil’s economy, including the head of its Central Bank, WikiLeaks says.

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