Justice Program 

Prisons, police stations and pre-trial detention centers are some of the main sites of human rights violations in Brazil. Overcrowding, torture and mistreatment are persistent and well-known problems, exacerbated by a deliberate policy of mass incarceration pursued by the Judiciary, Legislative and Executive.

Brazil has the world’s 4th largest prison population and, among the most populous countries, the 3rd highest incarceration rate. Almost 600,000 people are detained across the country.

Employing legal and administrative actions (strategic litigation), as well as political action (advocacy), the Justice program of Conectas works each day to change this situation.

Conectas is the civil society organization that has participated most frequently in the Supreme Court in the defense of human rights. Through the so-called amicus curiae, the organization has contributed to lawsuits pending in the highest court in the country, by presenting its critical viewpoint on the cases being heard.

Another strategic action is to call upon international human rights protection mechanisms, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and those of the United Nations.

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  • June 22nd, 2017

    International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

    CNPCT event to discuss challenges of combating torture from a cross-cutting perspective

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  • June 08th, 2017

    Espírito Santo: Brazil ignores the UN

    Special rapporteur has been waiting for a response on the public security crisis for four months

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  • June 06th, 2017

    Mass incarceration is not Justice

    Criminal Justice Network launches campaign with debate and virtual reality experience

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  • June 05th, 2017

    We need to talk about torture

    At a seminar in Rio de Janeiro, public officials, researchers and civil society discuss solutions to address violence committed by government agents

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  • May 24th, 2017

    Logic of the war on drugs has failed in Brazil, says OAS

    In an unprecedented hearing, IACHR criticizes mass incarceration for drug-related crimes

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  • May 19th, 2017

    Smoke screen

    Brazil responds to Inter-American Court of Human Rights with outdated data on the prison system

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