January 19, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Brazil and the Netherlands on Sunday recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia after an Indonesian firing sqaud executed six convicted drug traffickers, sparking international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign leaders. The executions took place in Jakarta, Indonesia and are the ...[read more]
January 18, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Indonesian government on Saturday executed six people convicted of drug trafficking. Ignoring last minute diplomatic pleas by foreign leaders, the six drug smugglers, including five foreigners, were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight. The foreign convicts were from Nigeria, ...[read more]
December 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The City of Providence, Rhode Island filed a class action suit against Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleges Petrobras engaged in a fraudulent scheme to inflate the value of the company's net ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Emelina Perez
Brazil's National Truth Commission released a report on Wednesday declaring that state agents engaged in human rights violations between 1964 and 1985 when the country was under military rule. The human rights violations include enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, executions and ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday launched a global anti-torture campaign, as it released a report summarizing the results of a global survey analyzing attitudes towards torture in 141 countries. The report found that 44 percent of the 21,000 people surveyed would not feel safe from torture if ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Senate of Brazil on Tuesday passed a bill that puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in the country. The law also eliminates Internet service providers' liability for content published by their users and requires providers to remove offensive materials following ...[read more]
April 20, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens free speech and peaceful assembly. Brazilian lawmakers argue the legislation ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The Brazil Supreme Court overturned racketeering convictions of several former leaders of the Workers Party on Thursday by a 6-5 vote, which will result in lessened prison sentences. The convictions of corruption and money-laundering in the nation's largest political corruption case will not be ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday urged the Brazilian government to investigate the killings of inmates at the Pedrinhas Penitentiary Complex after a video surfaced of three decapitated inmates during a prison riot. The video, sent on Tuesday, was allegedly sent ...[read more]

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