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Sao Paulo, Brazil – October to November, 2010 - year IV nº 21
Conectas Direitos Humanos

Participants of 2010 Colloquium that took place in Sao Paulo, from October 9 to 16
Conectas organizes 10th Colloquium with focus on regional and international human rights systems

More than 40 human rights defenders from 28 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and, for the first time, Eastern Europe participated in the 10th Colloquium that took place from 9 to 16 October at the Itau Cultural and at the GVLaw in Sao Paulo. The theme of the event “Regional and International Human Rights Systems – Challenges to the Engagement of Civil Society” gave the attendees the opportunity to learn about the functioning of the regional systems – African, Asian, European and Latin American- and to compare the challenges and achievements in each of them. The colloquium also provided a forum for peer-learning and exchange of information among the participants regarding their experiences with these mechanisms and their work with the UN human rights system. Special emphasis was given to topics related to their work in their countries or region: such as the rights of persons with disabilities, the prison system in Brazil and discrimination against sexual orientation in the African system.

Fundação Casa is ordered to pay BRL 400 thousand compensation for juvenile inmate's death
On September3, 2010, the Fundação Casa was ordered to pay, with no possibility of appeal, a BRL 400,000 indemnity to the family of the juvenile inmate, Sidney Moura Queiróz, who died in 2003 after having more than 70% of his body seriously burnt in a fire that broke out in unit 19 of the juvenile detention center of the Tatuapé Complex of the extinct FEBEM. The Brazilian Superior Court of Justice recognized the responsibility of the institution in guaranteeing the life and integrity of juvenile inmate held under its custody. For Conectas, this unique and significant response is a good example of the ‘destabilization of rights violations practices’ through use of strategic litigation.

Unit built by Fundação Casa (previously named FEBEM) after the extinction of the FEBEM Complex


Conectas, CELS and Humanas establish a permanent presence in Geneva
Conectas, in partnership with two important Latin American partners, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS, Argentina) and Corporación Humanas (Chile), established a more permanent presence in Geneva, by appointing a local representative, Mariana Duarte, in June 2010, to facilitate and strengthen their participation in the UN human rights system.


Call for papers for issue Nº14
Conectas Human Rights invites interested parties to send articles for special issue Nº14 on the ‘Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ of Sur International Journal on Human Rights. The deadline for submission is 30 January 2011
ARTIGO 1º Conectas and the International Commission of Jurists organized a seminar on private companies and violations of human rights
The event promoted a debate on accountability of private companies for human rights violations in Brazil



UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Canal Futura - 15/10
New media and activism in human rights

Canal Futura - 13/10
Specialists defend integration in the fight against violations of human rights
Agência Brasil - 11/10 noticia
A State sub judice

O Estado de S. Paulo - 02/10
Spécial Brésil
Radio France - 25/09

STJ sentences State for death in Febem
O Estado de S. Paulo - 20/09

Court orders State to pay BRL 400 thousand for death of teenager in Febem

Folha on Line - 20/09

Rule of law and development
Valor Econômico - 27/08

International cooperation does not exclude need to oppose to disrespect to human rights
Rádio CBN -15/08

The price of neutrality

Gazeta do Povo- 09/08

Supreme Court maintains rules about channel transition

Valor Econômico - 06/08

Race and the law on Brazil

The Economist - 05/08

Brazil wants UN to avoid reproach to countries that violate human rights

O Estado de S. Paulo - 04/08

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