Thursday, November 15, 2007

Amnesty Reports on Violence in the Favelas

For those who are interested, Amnesty has two reports up that are in English on the details of favela violence that I've mentioned before (here, here, here, and here, among other places). I've often been forced to link to Portuguese-language materials, so these are particularly valuable. Among other things, they mention the presence of "extrajudicial executions", police impunity, and de facto martial law in the favelas. Also, in addition to detailing the events in Rio this year, the second report offers a detailed analysis of the violence in São Paulo's favelas, something I have not touched on before. They are both very important and detailed, and worth checking out if you have the time.