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Brazil death squads denounced

A United Nations envoy investigating extra-judicial killings by Brazilian police has given a damning account of her findings so far. The envoy, Asma Jahangir, said that the state of human rights in Brazil could not be compared with other countries. “In Congo there’s a war,” she said. “Brazil is a democracy. But what I see here is a wretched, sad situation where there is no justice.” Mrs Jahangir was speaking to reporters in Rio de Janeiro after visiting two shanty-towns, known as favelas, where she heard testimonies from about 20 mothers and other relatives of people said to have died at the hands of the police. She arrived in Brazil on 16 September for a three-week investigation into summary executions and other killings allegedly carried out by police. Full Story

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