Crimes of May 2006 in São Paulo

The lack of investigation on the homicides of the period, known as the ?bloody week?, may lead to the liability of the state of São Paulo and Brazil



On May, 12, 2009, exactly three years after the beginning of the period known as the "bloody week", the organization Conectas Human Rights and the families of five of the victims of the Park Bristol´s massacre presented a complaint against the estate of São Paulo and Brazil for violations of human rights before the OAS.

The deficiencies on the investigation of the police held by the estate of São Paulo prevented  the authors of a killing that killed three young people and harmed other two at Park Bristol in May 2006 being found and held responsible. Six months after, one of the survivors was the victim of another episode of summary execution that was also filed.

Once the Justice of the estate of São Paulo showed itself incapable of investigating properly this case, Conectas and the families send, simultaneously, a petition to the General Attorney of the Republic for him to request the "federalization" of the investigations. Besides that, they also presented a report to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The "federalization" was born in Brazil with the Constitutional Amendment nº 45/2004 and works as a second opportunity for Brazil to treat properly the human rights violations and avoid international sanctions. The General Attorney of the Republic is the only one whom can promote this incident. On the other hand, Brazil is a member of OAS and recognized the Inter-American System of Human Rights, an Organization that can hold it responsible internationally for disobeying the American Convention of Human Rights, as has happened on the cases Maria da Penha and Ximenes-Lopes.


On the report sent to ICHR, Brazil is held responsible for violation of the rights to life, integrity and judicial protection is asked, the repair of the moral damage, the adoption of a Police´s Code of Conduct that respects human rights and regulates the use of lethal force, the reopening of the investigations of the cases of summary execution in May 2006 and the adoption of public policies of transparency and control regards the investigations and the crimes committed by public agent.