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Brazil Gunmen Kill Police Abuse Witness

Gunmen shot and killed a man who spoke to a U.N. investigator about police death squads, an attack that came a day Brazil’s president pledged to protect witnesses who come forward to testify about human rights abuses. The killing of Gerson de Jesus Bispo on Thursday shocked human rights officials who have struggled to control rogue police accused of torture and summary executions in Latin America’s largest country. Bispo was the second person killed after speaking to Asma Jahangir, the United Nations official investigating extrajudicial and summary executions. “It is a clear challenge to demonstrate that, despite the pledge of the president to protect people, they (the death squads) are untouchable,” said Humans Rights Secretary Nilmario Miranda. The United Nations deplored the slaying and said it was trying to get more information about the incident in Santo Antonio de Jesus in northern Brazil. Full Story

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