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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  • November 09th, 2017

    A health issue

    Adopting a harm reduction policy in the combat of drugs is key to eliminating diseases like hepatitis

  • September 30th, 2017

    New partnerships

    Conectas joins international drug policy network

  • September 01st, 2017

    Government outside the law

    Governor Alckmin flouts law that bans abusive searches: there are just four scanners for 168 prison facilities

  • August 18th, 2017

    Pressure senators

    Senate to vote in coming weeks on bill that transfers trials of military personnel who commit willful crimes against civilians to military courts

  • August 16th, 2017

    Carte blanche for violations

    Senate revisits bill that permits military personnel involved in civilian deaths to be tried in their own courts

  • August 14th, 2017

    Pressure for justice

    Conectas presents arguments supporting federalization of Crimes of May

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