Organizations denounce Operation Shield to the international community

Conectas, Public Defenders, Vladimir Herzog and the Public Security Forum are calling for UN and IACHR intervention following an increase in violence in the coastal region of São Paulo

Protesto contra a Operação Escudo no Guarujá. Foto: Allison Sales/ AFP Protesto contra a Operação Escudo no Guarujá. Foto: Allison Sales/ AFP

Last Friday (09), Conectas Human Rights, The São Paulo Public Defender´s Office, the Vladimir Herzog Institute and the Public Security Forum reported to the UN (United Nations) and IACHR (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) on “summary, arbitrary, extrajudicial executions”, in Guarujá in the São Paulo coastal region. 

In the document, the organisations question the resumption of Operation Shield and are requesting special procedures be recommended to the Brazilian state in order to contain the “escalation of violence”.

Operation Shield started in 2023. It lasted for 40 days. There were 958 arrests and at least 28 people were killed – according to data released by the State Government itself. It is regarded as the most violent and lethal operation in the State of São Paulo, after the Carandiru Massacre and the May Crimes of 2006.

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Operation Shield was resumed at the beginning of this year and has left at least nine people dead. In the complaint document, the organizations make a series of requests to international bodies.

The document requests that the Brazilian state be questioned about Operation Shield, especially given the flagrant and ongoing nature of the violent actions being carried out by police forces. The organisations also reinforce their request for the mandatory use of cameras during all police operations in the state of São Paulo.

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