“Despite all the economic progress made in Brazil over the last decade, violence is endemic and the current response is not only failing to reduce the violence, it is actually exacerbating the situation,” said Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty as he completed an official visit to the country.
The visit highlighted issues of public security in the favelas of Rio, and the plight of Indigenous Peoples. It reviewed Brazil’s human rights progress as it prepares to host the next World Cup and Olympics and was timed to coincide with the International Day of Indigenous Peoples.
In the favelas the Secretary General met members of the community who told him how they felt imprisoned in their own homes.
“The people we met who live in Maré fear both the criminals who attack them and the police who are supposed to protect them,” said Salil Shetty.