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]
January 7, 2014
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Thiago Santos Limas discusses the recent controversy surrounding an elected official with a criminal conviction in Brazil...Recently, Brazil's Supreme Federal Court condemned representative Natan Donadon for crimes against Public Administration. Sentence: thirteen years, ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism. The activists, who may be released on bail, are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at 2 million rubles ( ...[read more]
November 2, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Germany and Brazil on Friday proposed a draft resolution within the UN General Assembly calling for member states to take measures to put an end to "gross invasions of privacy" such as excessive electronic surveillance and data collection. Although the resolution does not specifically indicate any ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Brazilian Regional Federal Court for the First Region (TRF1) on Tuesday suspended construction on the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon rain forest on grounds that environmental commitments have not been met. The decision is summarized in a statement on the court's website, detailing Judge ...[read more]
October 1, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Chevron after approving a negotiated settlement, closing a lengthy legal battle over a 2011 oil spill. The leak occurred in November 2011, when a Chevron appraisal well leaked 155,000 gallons of oil, and the following March, when oil ...[read more]

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