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Sao Paulo, Brazil – March to April, 2011 - year V nº 3
Conectas Direitos Humanos

Business leaders attending the meeting on business and human rights (Photo: Instituto Ethos, March 2011)

On March 31, Conectas Human Rights, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI), Instituto Ethos, Centro Regional de Apoio para América Latina e Caribe from Pacto Global and Levy & Salomão Advogados organized a roundtable entitled “Human Rights and Business Practices: Understanding the Responsibilities." The objective of this event, held in São Paulo, was to discuss corporate responsibility in ensuring human rights. Over 150 people attended the event, the majority of whom were business leaders. During the event, Conectas presented the main findings of the research “Access to Justice in Cases of Human Rights Abuses by Businesses”, done in 2010, as part of a project led by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Since April 1, a new leadership has been in charge of Conectas Human Rights, comprised of Lucia Nader (Executive Director), Juana Kweitel (Program Director) and Marcos Fuchs (Associate Director). Malak Poppovic and Oscar Vilhena Vieira stepped down from the Co-Direction of Conectas and have been appointed, respectively, to the positions of Senior Advisor for Special Projects and member of the Conectas´s Board. The transition of the leadership lasted seven months and was overseen by the Board of Directors with the support of an external consultant.

Fundação CASA convicted for mistreatment and excessive use of force
Adolescent to receive compensation payment and lifetime pension for moral, material and esthetic damages
NGOs applaud approval of Bill on Precautionary Alternatives to the Detention of Suspects by Lower House
Conectas supports the bill that authorizes alternative pre-trial rulings for suspects
Conectas and other NGOs demand information and discussions in order to choose members of the Superior Court of Justice
Civil society requests that the nomination process include a commitment to human rights FOREIGN POLICY
UN Human Rights Council approves Special Rapporteur for Iran
Conectas accompanies session that creates human rights mechanisms for the country Conectas attends in the 16th UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva
NGO accompanies discussions and organizes actions with civil society from other countries INSTITUTIONAL Conectas deeply regrets the attitude of the Brazilian government on the Belo Monte case
Brazilian govenment qualified the precautionary measures in favor of the indigenous communities of the Xingu Basin as “precipitated and unjustifiable” Conference to discuss agenda and role of human rights organizations of the Global South
Conectas and Cels have organizeda seminar in New York to discuss civil society actions
10th Human Rights International Colloquium
Click here to watch the participants´testimonies of 2010 edition


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fellowship 2011/12

Fellowship for Lusophone Africa: deadline is May 15, 2011
Conectas and OSISA invite human rights defenders from Mozambique to apply for the 2011/12 edition


Conectas and ABIA will release research on access to medicines in seminar
The NGOs have analyzed patents and legislation on intellectual property and medicines in Brazil

conectas in the media

Readers Panel
Folha de S.Paulo - 15/04

Report confirms that police death squad killed 150 people
SBT - 12/04

Human rights, a good start
O Estado de São Paulo - 10/04

Brasília denies a shift in position
Folha de S. Paulo - 25/03

Obama requests Rousseff’s support for UN resolution against Iran

Folha de S. Paulo - 23/03

Brazilian prison system
Conexão Futura - 17/03

Court convicts Fundação CASA to compensate family of dead youth
Folha de S. Paulo - 12/03

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Jornalist in charge: Natália Suzuki. Translation: Barney Whiteoak and Max Pendergraph