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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  • March 03rd, 2017

    Pará on alert

    Organizations call for investigation into attacks in the state of Pará

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  • 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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  • February 20th, 2017

    Far from the goal

    Custody hearings an important means of reducing incarceration, but fail to prevent torture

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  • February 20th, 2017

    The challenge of researching torture

    Conectas answers most common questions about the methodology and conclusions of the study “Shielded Torture”

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  • February 20th, 2017

    Structural negligence

    A third of judges do not ask detainees about police violence at the time of their arrest

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  • February 20th, 2017

    Challenging inertia

    Conectas denounces omission by São Paulo State Court and Public Prosecutor’s Office in reports of torture

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