Organizations to denounce Tarcísio de Freitas at the UN for deaths during Operation Shield

Conectas and the Arns Commission to report on the escalation in police violence in the Baixada Santista region

On Friday (08), Conectas Human Rights and the Arns Commission are going to the UN, to the 55th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (Switzerland) to denounce lethal operations and the escalation of police violence in the Baixada Santista, instigated by the Tarcísio de Freitas government (Republicanos party). 

In their speech, the organizations will stress that deaths resulting from police intervention rose by 94% in the first two months of 2024, according to data from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. This data is a reflection of the actions of the governor “who has been investing in police violence against black and poor individuals”.

“Currently, in the Baixada Santista region, the governor, Tarcísio de Freitas is behind one of the most lethal operations in the history of the state, known as Operation Shield. There are reports of extrajudicial executions, torture, fabricated arrests, and other human rights violations, as well as the deliberate absence of the use of body cameras during the Operation”, the organizations highlight in the text.

The organizations are calling on the United Nations to urge the Brazilian state to establish measures to control police violence in the state of São Paulo and to promote the implementation of the body camera program and independent investigations, holding public agents and the chain of command involved in the practice of abuses and extrajudicial executions accountable.

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