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Fri May 7, 2021, 03:32 AM

Brazil: Jacarezinho massacre in Rio de Janeiro is reprehensible and unjustifiable

6 May 2021, 17:57 UTC

In response to the operation by the Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro that has so far resulted in the deaths of 25 people, including one police officer, Jurema Werneck, executive director of Amnesty International Brazil, said:

“The number of people killed in this police operation is reprehensible, as is the fact that, once again, this massacre took place in a favela. The Rio de Janeiro state prosecutor’s office must conduct a prompt, exhaustive, independent, and effective investigation into these atrocities, following international standards so that the agents of the state who ordered, committed or participated in this massacre are held accountable and face justice.”

It’s completely unacceptable that security forces keep committing grave human rights violations such as those that occurred in Jacarezinho today against residents of the favelas, who are mostly Black and live in poverty

Jurema Werneck, executive director of Amnesty International Brazil

“It’s essential that the investigation be carried out impartially and autonomously by someone other than the Rio de Janeiro state police, in order to meet the standards that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights established in the case of Favela Nova Brasilia, for which Brazil was internationally condemned.”


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