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.

Other News

  • May 17th, 2017

    Up against the wall

    At a hearing this Friday, Brazil will respond to the Inter-American Court on violations in the prison and youth detention systems

  • May 16th, 2017

    Freedom of information in practice

    See the five most emblematic FOI requests made by Conectas

  • April 12th, 2017

    Freedom of Information Law: 5 years

    Seminar commemorates anniversary of FOI Law with examples of its impact

  • April 06th, 2017

    Visceral Reality

    Exhibition by Criminal Justice Network uses virtual reality to raise awareness on mass incarceration

  • March 03rd, 2017

    Pará on alert

    Organizations call for investigation into attacks in the state of Pará

  • March 03rd, 2017

    Negligence exposed

    São Paulo Public Prosecutor’s Office and State Court denounced for omission over torture; Brazil requests right of reply

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