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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  • July 31st, 2017

    Training for future journalists

    Registration open for 4th Journalism and Human Rights Course until August 18

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  • July 28th, 2017

    PUBLIC STATEMENT :: The army is not the police

    Conectas expresses concern over the presidential decree authorizing the use of the Armed Forces to provide public security services in the state of Rio de Janeiro

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  • July 03rd, 2017

    39th Vladimir Herzog Award

    Registration open for journalists, artists and press photographers across Brazil until July 31

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  • June 29th, 2017

    The state that tolerates torture

    São Paulo lags in national effort to prevent and combat the practice

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  • June 27th, 2017

    Setback from a setback

    Organizations react to Lower House bill that broadens scope and toughens penalties of Anti-Terrorism Law

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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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