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Sao Paulo, Brazil – May to July 2011- year V - nº 6
Conectas Direitos Humanos


The International Human Rights Colloquium, organized by Conectas, is an annual forum, organized since 2001, that brings together human rights activists and scholars from Latin America, Africa and Asia. The theme of the XI Colloquium is “Implementation of International and Regional Human Rights Decisions and Recommendations”. We encourage applications from human rights activists from the Global South who have experience on working to this theme or are interested in expanding their work on it. The deadline for applications is July 31.

Click here to apply: English :: Português :: Español :: Français

On May 23, Conectas officially began celebrating its 10th anniversary by bringing together members of its Board, partner organizations and donors for the meeting “On the frontline of human rights in the Global South: lessons learned by Conectas Human Rights and its partners”. The meeting took place in the offices of the Ford Foundation (Rio de Janeiro) and prompted a joint reflection on the successes and challenges faced by human rights organizations in the Global South.

Conectas' partners celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organization. Further meetings will be held before the end of the year, bringing together organizations and individuals that are part of our history.


Law that creates alternatives to pre-trial comes into effect in Brazil
Conectas, Instituto Sou da Paz e Pastoral Carcerária supported the law that establishes alternative precautionary measures
Senate approves bill on prison sentence remission for studying in Brazil
Conectas applauds approval of law granting remission for prisioners who study Organizations condemn human rights violations in Espírito Santo state prison system
Allegations were made during the launch of the report "Human Rights Violations in the Espirito Santo State Prison System - the role of civil society" Without prior discussion, Brazilian Senate chooses representative to the National Justice Council from the Public
Conectas and other NGOs monitor the process and defend the importance of public participation

FOREIGN POLICY Emerging democratic powers' foreign policies and the advance of human rights
Conectas, with the Open Society Foundations' support, held a meeting in Brazil to discuss strategies for civil society engagement Outcomes of the Latin American consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Conectas, CELS and Corporación Humanas co-organized the event in Chile Conectas participates in meeting between UN Secretary-General and civil society organizations
In Brazil, Ban Ki-moon stresses importance of civil society in upholding human rights UN Human Rights Council concludes its 17th Session in Geneva
Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam and racial quotas were some of the issues raised by Conectas Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate visits Brazil and condemns human rights violations in her country
Conectas participates in meetings with Shirin Ebadi in Sao Paulo

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call for papers

right to information
Conectas participates in the "Abaixo o Sigilo Eterno!" campaign for the access to official documents in Brazil. Click here and sign the petition (in Portuguese)!

conectas in the media

Human Rights: Experts from America and the Caribbean participate in regional conference in Santiago
Nación.cl - 06/15

NGOs accuse Espírito Santo of disrespecting prisoners rights
O Estado de S. Paulo - 06/11

Penitentiaries in Espírito Santo still violate human rights, NGO report reveals

O Globo - 06/10

Report shows nothing has changed in prison system, overcrowding and violence continue
Século Diário - 06/10

Penitentiaries in Espírito Santo continue violating human rights, says NGO report
Agência Brasil - 06/10

Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam // UN discusses construction authorization
Diário de Natal - 27/08

Authorization for construction of Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam comes before UN Human Rights Council
Agência Brasil - 06/03

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Edition: Fernanda Goto and Natália Suzuki. Translation: Barney Whiteoak, Benjamin Freeman and Joshua Rowe