At the UN, Conectas denounced the dismantling of public services that treat people who use drugs, in São Paulo

The statement, made at the 53rd session of the Human Rights Council, also mentioned the case of a black man who was tied up by the São Paulo military police

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On Thursday (22), Conectas alerted the international community to the criminalisation of people who use alcohol and other drugs to excess and the dismantling of public services aimed at this population, in the state of São Paulo. The speech was given at the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.

According to the organisation, the initiatives that provide humanitarian services for this population have been suffering increasing attacks: the dismantling of public equipment to take care of people and attempts at criminalising damage control. 

“Following the abolition of one of the principal points of reference and care in São Paulo, over 460 compulsory admissions to Therapeutic Communities were facilitated by the use of cameras in an area known as ´Cracolândia´, where people use drugs openly, said a Conectas representative at the UN.

The case of a man who was tied up by the Military Police

During the speech, Conectas also reported to the UN on the case of a man who was tied up by military police in São Paulo, this month. “The security forces have been acting in increasingly violent ways. This month, while arresting a person accused of stealing and who had been using chemical substances, the Military Police in the state of São Paulo employed ropes to restrain him, a practice of torture”, the statement said. 

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