by Gustavo Macedo
[8 minute read]
On March 14th, less than a month into a federal military intervention that is supposed to fix the security crisis in the state of Rio de Janeiro, the brutal assassination of a Rio de Janeiro’s Councilwoman, Marielle Franco, has dragged new actors into an already intricate political situation – and this time they are international. The United Nations (UN), which had already been expressing concerns about the unfolding political situation, may now dive into the story head first.
The case of Marielle meets all the criteria for setting the UN machinery in motion. Politically, the great commotion that the story of Marielle’s murder generated nationally in Brazil earned it international political attention, including that of the UN, an organization that strategically chooses to focus its work on emblematic cases that can serve as examples of the fight for human rights around the world. Technically, the history of other recent similar cases killings in Brazil, the profile of the victim, the circumstances of the crime, its modus operandi and the allegations of people close to the victim should, in theory, be sufficient in order for the case to be picked up by the UN.
Continue reading “The killing of Marielle Franco on the UN radar”
by Camila Jordan and Fernanda Nogueira, Editors and Writers at Brazil Talk
[7 min read]
(This article was updated on Monday, 16th of October 2017)
On October 10th, the Senate approved the PLC 44/2016 amendment to the 9.299/2016 Law; the proposal alters the current decree that defines the Military Penal Code, from October 21st, 1969, concerning the judging process of military servants in the exercise of their duties. In layman terms, it means that crimes committed by the military in duty (under policing and “Law and Order enforcement” operations) against the lives of civilians would be judged by the Military Justice System.
As of today, Monday the 16th of October, Michel Temer, acting President of Brazil, has sanctioned the Law PLC 44/2016. The law was already published in the Diário Oficial da União, roughly translated as the Federal Official Journal of Brazil.
Continue reading “Law regarding current military trials sanctioned by Temer – do you know what that means?”
*Protest of residents in front of the police headquarters in Vitoria.
Photo credit: Agência Brasil Fotografias – February 07, 2017
by Mario Saraiva, Co Editor and Writer at Brazil Talk
In an exclusive interview, a retired colonel of the Espirito Santo military police, Colonel José Nivaldo, explained the complexity of the wave crime in the State.
“I have been a police officer for 40 years and I have never seen anything close to this [situation in Espirito Santo]”.
“[The strike] started on Friday. By Saturday we had a state-wide dissatisfaction. Sunday, during the day, night, and Monday morning, a disproportionate number of crimes against patrimony, looting, thefts and homicides took place throughout the state.”
Continue reading “An Urban War Zone – The violent crisis in the Espirito Santo state.”
by Talita Nascimento
May 29th, 1983. It is almost midnight, the biopharmacist Maria da Penha Fernandes is sleeping when her husband shoots her, leaving her paraplegic for life. Marco Antônio Heredia Viveros, her husband, was an economist and professor at that time. They first met at the University of São Paulo (USP), one of the most renowned universities in Latin America, where both were graduate students. It was not the first time that Marco Antônio had physically assaulted Maria da Penha, but she kept silent about it. Four months after this episode, he tried to electrocute her, and Maria da Penha decided to finally break her silence.
Continue reading “Violence against women in Brazil: it is time to break the silence”